My girls wanted to rent something from Redbox and so they picked the computer-generated film RANGO. I wasn't planning on watching it with them. I was going to go about cleaning house as they enjoyed a kid movie together. There was something about the sounds coming from the next room that kept drawing me back in, so I sat down and watched it.
I don't care for most kid movies that come out. There have been exceptions. I really enjoyed the SHREK. I liked the first CARS, TOY STORY 1, 2, & 3 as well as UP. I am a big fan of the exceptions. Most kid movies though have little for the adults in the audience. I think it's a bad move. After all, it's we the adults that take their children to the movies and have to sit through it. I can't tell you how many kid movies I've paid to go see and ended up falling to sleep. RANGO is one of the exceptions, because it is exceptional. It offers more than great characters and a good storyline.
What I like most about Rango is that it's a good Western with desert animals and reptiles in the cast. Not only is it a good Western, but a good Italian Western. It was like the entire film was paying tribute to the work of Sergio Leone. I believe that any avid fan of Leone and the Spaghetti Western genre would appreciate this flick.
Down through the decades directors have tried to pull off a Leone-esque Western. Very few have given us anything thing memorable. The most recent success was Quentin Tarrentino's WWII adventure The Inglorious Bastards. Rango offers us some animated Leone, a familiar style, sounds and textures - making up a very unique film.
The cinematography of this movie is fascinating. The film offered non-stop references to Spaghetti Westerns. For any Leone fans out there, listen for the sounds, watch how each scene is framed, the characters. I know my kids just enjoyed the characters, the action, and the humor - but dad sat there and enjoyed Rango on a completely different level. Rango offered the grown-up in the room something special.