Movie Rango (2011)

Watched 20130129 (Netflix, Instant)
Watched first third 20130921 (Netflix, Instant)
Rango (2011) Gore Verbinski. 107 min

Rango* (Johnny Depp) tries to blend in.
*Technically the character isn't named Rango at this point yet.
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This movie is just visually beautiful. As I try to think of other good things to say, I keep thinking about the movie's visuals. I wish I had the opportunity to see this movie in theaters.

After watching the movie, I saw a short clip on how the actors would act out the parts and their expressions and movements would be recorded as a realistic reference for the animators. Maybe that's part of the reason why the movie is visually pleasing. Of course, it's more than just the character expressions, I also enjoy the scenery and water animation.

Beans (Isla Fisher)
Actually, Rango had some pretty good jokes spread throughout the movie as well. While they didn't have me bursting out loud, they definitely fit the fun mood of the film and I'd highly recommend watching this movie if you're hankering for a modern Spaghetti western with a touch of humor to lighten the overall mood.

Note that Rango did win the Oscar award for best animated film of the year in 2012, but frankly it didn't have much competition.

Mayor (Ned Beatty)
Note also that I recently watched Django Unchained (2012), another movie related to Django (1966).

Instant Comments:
Ha. The dead insect.
"I couldn't help notice..." Ha. "Are those real?"
I like the graphics.
"Who am I? I could be anyone." He sees DURANGO and covers the DU.
Hahahaha. Rango breathes the fire, slaps him, and pours alcohol on his face to increase the burns.

Rango covered in mud.
Oh shit. He breaks the bottle of vintage floodwater.
Random shit at the 55 minute mark. "Who needs a check-up?" "Awkward."
Electric guitar!
The main dilemma of the movie can also be found in another movie. Spoiler. Chinatown (1974). End spoiler.
"Ride of the Valkyries." Apocalypse Now (1979)

Lord of the Rings reference.
That's so beautiful. His walk across the road.
"No man can walk out of his own story."
Spoiler. Spirit of the West is based on Clint Eastwood's character Blondie in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966). End spoiler.
Ha. He eats the insect passing by.
Of the voice actors, I'm only familiar with Johnny Depp and Abigail Breslin. However, I recognized neither of their voices in the film.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas reference.
The following are movies I've seen, which according to various internet sources are referenced by Rango:
High Noon (1952)
Cat Ballou (1965)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Star Wars (1977)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Lord of the Rings
Pirates of the Caribbean