On the good side, this has to be the most beautiful animation Iíve ever seen. Each and every detail is a crisp, well shot work of art. The desert, the wind, the moon, even the moisture on the lips of these critters, we get it all and the result is pure eye candy. Gore Verbinski may have set sail from the PIRATES OF THE CAREBEAN franchise (and I canít say that I blame him after the last one, that franchise is dead in the water if you ask me) but clearly he and Johnny Depp are still in deep and the two make for a pretty good team here. The voice talent from Depp is awesome but then again, heís the man when it comes to zany off the wall characters so I wasnít worried there (Iím still prone to SECRET WINDOW myself). Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina, how could you not win with voice talent like that? But sadly thatís about where the good dries up.
On the bad side, let me start by saying this film isnít exactly funny, nor is it something that should be aimed at children (which is ironic seeing as how I was elbow deep in kids at the theatre). The humour here was pretty low brow, when there was humour at all, and as for the tone, subtext and over all presentation of the film, it was all a bit off. First off, Rango went into a trance type mode every now and again which was an acid trip in itself and reminded me a bit of FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. Was Depp going for this? Could be, I wouldnít be surprised if he acted these parts out with a grin but there was a messed up feeling in my gut as I looked around at the wide eyed looks of confusion on kidsí faces around me. Iím not fond of these tricky Hollywood tactics for films posing as children movies when theyíre clearly not and this was clearly not.
RANGO is a film that much resembles the character; a lone ugly duckling that just doesnít belong with the rest of the films in this genre. I kinda dug the acid trip where Rango runs into Clint Eastwood (voiced by Timothy Olyphant) who just happens to be combing the dessert for fish hooks in a golf cart packed with...Oscar statues? Hrmm, not sure where they were going with that but again, this sets the strange tone of awkwardness Iím talking about. As for good ol Rango, well, you know how this story ends, youíve seen it a million times before, maybe not on acid, but I donít think you need to. If morbid curiosity gets the better of you sometime down the road, by all means check this out but Iím chalking this one up to a big waste of time, albeit a beautiful one, but still a waste. What a shame.
Deleted Scenes: There's eight minutes here nothing really new, just variations of current scenes and even then nothing really stands out or matters.
Real Creatures of Dirt: Easily the coolest features on the disc, Donald Shaulty, an insane animal guy, takes us into the desert where he wrangles up all sorts of deadly creatures. The nonchalant way he handles (and seemingly ignores) the rattlesnakes is ridiculously cool.
A Field Trip to Dirt: This cool interactive menu lets you explore every nook and cranny of the town. If you need me, I'll be in the saloon.
Previews: There's a theatrical trailer, a bunch of other previews and a DVD Copy as well as a DIGITAL Copy of the film. There's also some BD-LIVE content if you're hooked up to the web.