Rango is an animated film that brings us something a little different than other animated films have brought to theaters, Johnny Depp having an existential crisis. This fact alone pushes the film closer to an adult movie than a kids movie, but luckily for children, this starts off heavy in the beginning, but then lightens up a little to a level more palatable to kids.
This flick is a lot of fun, but it’s no secret that I rarely dislike animated films. I’m not sure if an animated film can count as a western, but if it does, you can count this as two westerns in a row that I’ve seen and loved. Though, this and that other western are quite different. Rango is a lot of fun and has a some great laughs in it–I actually wasn’t the giggliest one in the theater for once–but it also gets down to business a bit too.
I found there to be nothing not to like about Rango, I enjoyed Depp’s voice-acting quite a bit and at times felt myself lost in the detail of the animation which reaches levels close to what Pixar is able to pull off.
All in all, Rango is a great film and even though it’s over an hour and forty-five minutes, it doesn’t feel long. Check it out.
I actually forgot that I saw this (a week ago). I think that’s kind of all I really have to say about Gnomeo & Juliet, it’s a cute movie, but it’s forgettable.
The main problem that Gnomeo & Juliet faces is that the idea was to make a happy and fun children’s movie based on possibly the most well-known tragedy ever. We all know how Romeo & Juliet actually ends and that’s just not conducive to making a children’s movie. This really does change the entire vibe of the story (I mean come on, there can’t be a single second that any audience member actually expected a tragic ending), but I can give credit to the fact that Romeo & Juliet’s actual ending wasn’t totally ignored. This deviation from the original story is addressed in a manner that works well enough for a children’s film, but also feels like an easy way out.
Gnomeo & Juliet is good enough to entertain for an hour and a half, but does not leave any desire for a second viewing. Kids will like this, Elton John fans will be in heaven, and everyone else will be rather indifferent about it.
Dragons and Vikings. Seems like a good idea for a CGI movie, right? Well, it is. How To Train Your Dragon rules. While it’s definitely more on the kiddie side of things, choosing to go lighter on the adult humor that often makes it into CGI movies, there’s something for everyone here. Somehow DreamWorks was able to make an incredibly cute movie that still wins on the Vikings front. It’s kind of impressive how both are pulled off together.
The film is pretty energetic and keeps things moving along, sometimes at the expense of extra character development, but it’s a kids movie, how much character development do you really need? Watching How To Train Your Dragon made me feel like a kid again. I was a little in awe and all kinds of smiley throughout the whole thing. And I like that.
I chose not to see this one in 3D. Honestly, I feel like 3D is generally pretty gimmicky and rarely actually adds anything to the movie experience. While there are definitely films which benefit from the 3D treatment, I’m starting to grow wary of plunking down the extra $4-6. I think Alice In Wonderland is really what ruined it for me. But from what I’ve heard from some people and read in other reviews online, I messed up. So, don’t make the same mistake I made.
Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs is completely outrageous and seriously hilarious! I definitely wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, but it was pretty much perfect. There are a lot of really good laughs to be had from this flick. They’re mostly cheesy and cliché, but they work every time. At the same time, the movie keeps a nice pace with some action spread around and nothing getting too slow for too long. And I’d say that the animation for this one is slightly above average for a non-Pixar CGI flick. It’s very good and definitely included a super cute and nerdy animated chick that I may or may not have a crush on now.
As with a lot of these CGI movies lately, the voice cast is pretty damn stacked. You’ve got Bill Hader, Anna Farris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce friggn’ Campbell, Mr. T (yup), Bobb’e J. Thompson (that kid from Role Models. I love this kid), NPH, Al Roker, and Will Forte. That’s a lot of great names right there! Loved it!
One of the best things about this movie is the disaster movie parody aspect of it. There were some very clear influences from and references to real disaster movies like Twister, Armageddon, Dante’s Peak, and The Day After Tomorrow. But the it’s done very well and not at all like what I’m sure Disaster Movie, which I haven’t actually seen, was. Instead of just throwing things in just for the sake of being funny, they use a collection of parodies that work together to create the “perfect food storm” which I promise you looked as delicious as it sounds.
Something that I got out of this movie that I didn’t expect though was the realization that I definitely prefer for movies that are based on books, even children’s books, to keep things very different. With a few exceptions, I prefer when movies take the basic idea of a book and then do something different with it. There isn’t much of a point to following the book exactly or even trying to get real close to it. A film will never be exactly the same as the book and when you try to get close, it’s those little differences that tend to take away from the film rather than add to it. And besides, if it’s exactly the same, what’s the point? To reach out to people who are too lazy to read? But if you just take that basic idea and sort of re-imagine it or simply use it as your inspiration, you have many more possibilities. You get to do something different and run less of a risk of completely ruining the book. You get to pay homage while still maintaining your own creativity.