Rango (2011)

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Movies

Johnny Depp just might be the weirdest dude in Hollywood, and I’ve always suspected he had a touch of the reptilian about him – one part stealth, two parts darting unpredictability – but in “Rango,” he actually plays a lizard. Not surprisingly, the role fits him like a second skin: dry, green, prone to shedding.

The film itself is much like Depp himself, a twisted combination of sorts – modern day computer-animated images blended with all the signs of a spoofy Western – starring anthropomorphic desert creatures. Depp voices the title character, a wussy pet chameleon in a Hawaiian shirt whose terrarium crashes on a highway in the Mojave Desert. He is, at this point, the Lizard With No Name: a little creature unsure of his own identity and prone to blending in wherever he goes.

When a half-dead armadillo (Alfred Molina) directs him into the desert to seek water and find his destiny, he obeys. What he discovers is Dirt, a dusty Western town straight out of Sergio Leone, a place where the coin of the realm is water – and the water is running dry. He becomes Rango, the sheriff of Dirt, a stone-cold killer in clacking boots.

“Rango” was directed by Gore Verbinski, Depp’s partner in crime on three “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. It’s got that same, strange brew of parody and genre tribute, of madcap action set pieces and spooky meta-moments of philosophizing. John Logan’s effervescent screenplay runs from wild eccentricity to equally wild slapstick. With its tumbleweeds and roadrunners and barreling canyon chase scenes, it also owes an obvious and loving debt to those old Warner Bros. cartoons.

It is, all in all, off its rocker. But it’s gorgeous: The two-dimensional animation springs to life with more energy and impact than a lot of the 3-D we’ve been seeing. It pays sincere homage to the classic Western, touching on all the devices and archetypes that any fan of windswept heroism could hope for. And Depp is Depp – master of idiosyncrasy, swisher of hips, the self-aware and self-mocking peacock of his generation. If you’re looking for something a bit different, yet still within the “comfort zone” of family entertainment, this movie is for you.

The film opened March 11, and earned over 20 million dollars in it’s first weekend. The link below is a “TS” link – meaning the quality isn’t superb by any means. But if you just can’t wait to see this film and can’t make it to the theater, it is the full film and has decent video/audio quality.

Reposted and updated with far better video quality rip.

IMDB: Here | Wiki: Here | Download (AVI): Here

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