Rango

This is one funny & exciting computer animated movie. Rango is a 2011 movie directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King. Verbinski ropes in his Pirates Of The Caribbean star to give his voice to the main character Rango. The movie also features the voices of actors Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant and Ned Beatty. Rango won Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards.

The story is about the underdog who becomes the hero using his wit & gift of the gab. An unnamed pet chameleon, with a flair for acting & directing his own one-reptile play inside his his terrarium, is being taken in the back of his car. Said terrarium accidentally fall and breaks on the road when the car drives over a bump, stranding the chameleon in the Mojave desert. He meets an armadillo named Roadkill (Alfred Molina), who is seeking the mystical Spirit of the West and directs the parched chameleon to find water at a town called Dirt. While walking he avoids being eaten by a hawk and meets Beans, an iguana, who gives him a ride into town.

Once there, badly trying to blend in, the chameleon enters the town bar and fibs his way into making the folk believing that he killed 7 outlaw men with one bullet. He makes up a name for himself as Rango, seeing Durango on one of the bar patrons bags, and spins a believable tale. He also manage to get on the wrong side of outlaw Bad Bill who calls him out for a shootout when the hawk attacks. Rango manages to accidentally kill the hawk but knocking down an empty water tower. Hailed as a hero, the corrupt town major makes Rango the sheriff. Meanwhile, the townsfolk worry that with the hawk dead, the gunslinger Rattlesnake Jake (Bill Nighy) will return to terrorize them. The next day the townsfolk discover that Dirt’s water reserve – stored in the bank in a water cooler bottle – is running out. Beans demands that Rango investigate.

While out patrolling at night Rango inadvertently guides a trio of mole and prairie dog robbers to the bank, thinking them to be prospectors. The next day the people discover the water to be stolen so Rango forms a posse to go look for it. They find the bank manager dead in the desert and then track and fight the robbers’ clan of subterranean animals over the stolen water cooler bottle. However they discover the bottle to be empty, which is the way the robbers found it. The posse brings them to town for trial even though Rango & Beans suspects the town mayor to be the real culprit. Rango confronts the mayor, who denies any wrongdoing and shows Rango he is building a modern city with the purchased land. To get rid of Rango, the mayor calls in Rattlesnake Jake, who recognizes that Rango is a fake and humiliates him by making him admit that he made up all the lies to the town folk. Rango leaves the town ashamed and wanders out into the road. In a daze he meets the Spirit of the West (who looks like the Clint Eastwood character Man With No Name) who tell him that he cannot walk away from his own story.

Roadkill and some yuccas help Rango to learn that the mayor has shut off the water line flowing in from Las Vegas. He gets the help of the robbers clan, goes back to Dirt and challenges Jake for a duel with a single bullet. The robbers & the yuccas flood the town with water, destroying the mayor’s plot. The mayor traps Beans and gets Rango to surrender and puts them both in a glass vault & then tries to use the gun on Jake. Only it’s empty – Rango took  the bullet to crack the glass and shatter the vault, freeing himself and Beans. Jake acknowledges Rango as a worthy opponent and drags the mayor into the desert to take revenge for double-crossing him. The citizens of Dirt celebrate the return of the water and recognize Rango as their hero. The town of Dirt has become like a beach town in the desert.

Awesome fun and humorous. With a Mexican owl quartet singing verses in between, the whole story flows and keeps you entertained throughout. Johnny Depp does a find voice job for Rango as do most of the rest. 9 outta 10!

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