Film #17: RANGO
5 out of 5 stars
OK, this one hit me completely by surprise. Gore Verbinski (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Trilogy, THE MEXICAN, THE RING) directs this ode to the Spaghetti Western specifically and Westerns in general utilizing an all-star cast consisting of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winstone and a host of others. Beautifully animated and directed with aplomb, Verbinski shows that he is a student of the genre perfectly capturing the feel of those classic films of yore. While I am not a fan for computer animation, RANGO somehow is a perfect match for the material. I really can’t say enough of how much I enjoyed this one. This one’s HIGHLY recommended for fans of the genre, for those who appreciate well-done CG, and for those with kids ready for a film with a little more substance. An absolutely brilliant film!