The Instant Critic travels to Dirt

Greetings, fellow film enthusiasts!

In case you missed last week, the poorly done Limitless caught our attention.

This week, we head into the world of computer animation to take a look at a Johnny Depp-led feature!

RANGO (PG, 107 minutes – features the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Ned Beatty and Bill Nighy)

After years at sea with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, director Gore Verbinski successfully ventured into the world of computer animation with the brilliantly madcap Rango.

The story is as ingenious as they come. After being stranded in the desert, Rango the lizard (Depp) comes across the town of Dirt, a miniature Dodge City filled to the brim with stock Western characters. After the town’s water supply goes missing, Rango falsely dons the persona of a gung-ho sheriff and leads the townsfolk on a quest to find the culprit.

The vibrant animation pops out of the screen, as do the zany cast of critters. The screenplay thrives on originality, offering a wondrous alternative the typical theatrical fare.

Depp’s voice work on the character shines, though. He and Verbinski are always such an effective duo.

The film qualifies as a rarity – a zany, sharp excursion into sheer creativity. This film deserves your immediate attention.

If you are feeling like the silver screen would be more satisfying than the one on your computer this weekend, I wholeheartedly recommend The Hunger Games. I’m sure I don’t have to do too much persuading on that front.

The film Undefeated, a documentary filmed in Tennessee, focuses on a Memphis high school football team looking to win its first playoff game. The film compels and moves in a way that stands unique. If you are through with the Districts for now, I hope you give this powerful documentary a try. The film is currently showing at the Green Hills 16.

What say you? Do you prefer watching a movie in the theater compared to your computer? Let us know in the comment section.

Next week, we will wrap things up with the final post of the semester.

Until then, may your popcorn be fresh and your movie wonderful.

The Instant Critic

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  1. I LOVE WATCHING MOVIESSS! On my computer, tv, ayt the theater..ANYWHERE. I’m a movie freak! I didn’t see Rango, although I will probably see it this summer with my little counsins. Cool post!

  2. I love animated movies so much, and am anxoius to see how Mr. Depp comes accross as an animated character rather than a pirate.
    As far as the Hunger Games, I couldn’t agree more. The best movie i’ve seen in quite some time!

  3. I started watching the movie Rango, but was unable to finish it. From what I saw though, it seemed interesting enough for a children’s movie.

    As for watching a movie via computer or theatre, the latter gets my vote.

    I like your phrase at the end by the way, “Until then, may your popcorn be fresh and your movie wonderful.”

    Good post Cory!

  4. I am a big fan of Johnny Depp. It good to see his versatility and being in different movies. I’m sure this will be a great film because it has great actors. Good post.

  5. Of course I like the theater better than my laptop! If I had unlimited money, I’d def go there all the time. I haven’t gotten to see Rango yet, but I want to. I try to see any movie with Johnny Depp – he is amazing.

  1. April 12th, 2012

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