Rango, it’s a movie I had completely forgotten existed until yesterday. Back when it came out in 2011 I vaguely remember seeing it. I was thirteen at the time. At that age, the story didn’t grasp me and I ended up forgetting 98% of the movie. I could only distinctly remember that the film was a bit strange.
Eight years later, I’m twenty-one, I just watched the film for only the second time in my life, and now I can say I finally understand it. Yes, it is strange but its uniqueness is what makes it stand out among all of the animated films that I’ve seen.
Rango may be rated PG and designed for children but honestly, I don’t feel like it’s a children’s movie.
The film’s humor is, at times, alarmingly crude and adultlike. Most of these jokes, of course, will pass over kids’ heads but still, I found it a bit disconcerting in the case of a children’s movie. And don’t even get me started on the disturbing events that take place in this story.
Like at one point, the story’s protagonist, a lonely chameleon named Rango, nearly dies as he falls out of his owners’ car onto the highway. He hears someone call his name and low and behold it’s a halved armadillo (roadkill) talking to him. Little things like this make this a film that shouldn’t be shown to kids under twelve-years-old.
Rango should’ve been rated PG-13 in my humble opinion instead of PG but the people who assign the ratings know what they’re talking about.
Anyway, I’m losing track here.
All in all, my sister and I had a great time watching the film. It’s your classic tale of a nobody becoming a somebody with plenty of humor and surprises along the way. At the beginning of the film, I felt like I didn’t know whether to like Rango or to despise him. By the end, I was inwardly cheering for him.
Rango is a well thought out, concise story that leaves you entirely satisfied at its conclusion. I feel it’s a definite must-see if you’re into good animated films. And don’t just take my word for it. This movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Film. (It’s the reason why I decided to give this movie a second chance in the first place.)
I’m giving this film a solid 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t perfect but it was darn entertaining, that’s for sure.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.