Trailer Talk: ‘Rango’


Gore Verbinski, director of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, teams up with Johnny Depp once again, this time for the 3-D animated feature “Rango.” The teaser, which was released months ago, was more of a tribute to “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.” “Loathing” wasn’t exactly a kid’s film. An anti-drug film? Perhaps. But not one for the wee ones. “Rango” on the other hand, is a film that little boys and girls can watch and enjoy with their parents. Thankfully, the full-length trailer reveals more of the plot.

Rango, voiced by Depp, is about a quirky chameleon, forced to play hero in a small Western town. The villain (voiced by Bill Nighy) is a rattlesnake complete with cowboy hat. That alone should be enough to sell me, but I’m not totally on board. Yes, the animation is amazing and my interest is definitely peaked but something is amiss. It could be the timing. It’s a bit off. Except for Rango, the characters, although beautifully rendered, are too close in shade. This is an issue many had with “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.”

But these are merely aesthetic grievances. “Rango” could very well be a great good film. We’ll know for sure when the movie opens March 4.

The Full-Length Trailer:

The Teaser Trailer:

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