Rango Review by Role Mommy West Coast Contributor Kristin Flannery
Rango-Movie-Poster-2.jpgThis weekend, get ready for a wild ride when Rango hits theaters nationwide! My daughters and I were lucky enough to attend a press screening and my 9 year old daughter was enthralled. The movie was only shot in 2D which was a relief to me because those glasses on my children can be more of a bother. The animation was so good that at one point, I had to remind myself that they were not little people in costumes walking through the desert.
Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp) starts his journey as an ordinary pet chameleon in a glass tank moving with his owners when he is suddenly bounced out of the car and into a wild west adventure. He wanders through the desert in search of water and stumbles upon a town called Dirt, which is facing a serious drought. Since Rango has always had the flair for the dramatic, he decides to reinvent himself in a place where no one knows him and ends up being so convincing at playing a tough guy that the towns creatures make him the Sheriff.
The crooked tortoise mayor (voiced by Ned Beatty) has seized water supply and is building his own corrupt group of outlaws. Rango’s love interest is a lizard (voiced by Isla Fisher) who fights to keep her father’s dried up farm and the villain, Rattlesnake Jake (voiced by Bill Nighy) is so slimy and scary even I was caught up in Rango’s fight to release the town from his evil grip.
B021411A-0494.jpgLike many of Director Gore Verbinski’s movies (he and Depp teamed up for three of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies), there are parts of the movie that were on a little bit of the bizarre side. At one point, Rango has an encounter with the Spirit of the West (Timothy Olyphant) in a strange poncho collecting metal trash. Rango asks him, “Is this heaven?” to which the Spirit responses “If this was heaven, kid, we’d all be eating Pop-Tarts with Kim Novak.” For parents it’s a head scratcher but for kids it doesn’t even make the radar. The Spirit of the West does lead Rango to discover the source of the water problem and working with the other desert creatures (I’m not sure if they were moles) to restore the town. Take a look…

In theaters March 4th, Rango is a great way to ease your kids into a classic western and it’s a fun adventure for a normal house pet. That reminds me, I better keep an eye on my hamster.
To find a theater nearest you, visit the Rango website.