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Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
7.20 /10
Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant
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Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Written by: John Logan

Released: 2011
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 107

Self-indulgent western pastiche.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Rango is an animated spoof western packed full of in-jokes that will sail over the heads of most children and, indeed, anyone who isnít familiar with acting technique, script development and such child-unfriendly films as Chinatown, A Fistful of Dollars and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Leading actor Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and their chums must have had a whale of a time making it, and film buffs may enjoy it a good deal.

Scriptwise, though, itís a mess. Some of itís set in the human-dominated present, but most of it takes place without explanation in an animal-centred Old West. This may well become a cult hit, but itís far too self-indulgent and pleased with itself to find a mass audience.

A few will find it enjoyably anarchic; most will find it dismayingly chaotic.

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