This past weekend I went out with GreenEggsNSamm – with LordMonkeyPants in tow – to see the Nickelodeon animated film, Rango. You may be wondering why the heck we were interested in this random movie out of all the movies that have come out so far this year. I’ll tell you. Claudia Black was in it!
Why is it that the coolest actors out there are no-names when it comes to bigger pictures? Poor Claudia only had about four lines. Her character, Angelique, a French fox acting as a secretary to the mayor, was only on screen about three times. IMDB seems to give her better recognition than the credit roll of the movie did! Despite having such a small role, Claudia did a great job. Who knew she was so good at French accents? It’s no wonder she has been asked to do so much voice work over the last few years!
Rango in itself was a pretty good movie. I had not gone in with high expectations after reading the 1 1/2 star review the Chicago Tribune gave. Rango is the story of a pet lizard who finds himself stranded in the Mohave desert. He wanders into a small western town and realizes that he can now play the hero of his personal plays for a live audience, but quickly gets in too deep. From there the movie varies from western cliches (I kept waiting for someone to sing out “Rawhide!”) and existentialism as Rango tries to decide who he really is.
This may sound drab, but the humor of the movie was totally worth my time and my money. Rango is a well written film, even if Claudia’s character was completely wasted! It is chocked full of witty jokes and references, but I will leave those to GreenEggsNSamm to describe because I can honestly admit that I missed the majority of them!
Of all the things we had to say about the film, there’s one thing GreenEggsNSamm and I are in complete agreement on. Just because something is animated does not mean it is meant for kids! As fangirls we are not ashamed to admit that we were the only adults in the theater without kids. Screaming, crying, yammering, noisy kids. Not only was the film much too long for most kids under the age of 10 to sit still for – roughly two hours – but it was also much too complex in plot and too adult in its humor. The only laughter we heard around us came from adults enjoying the more adult jokes. While I’m sure the kids thoroughly enjoyed Rango’s frantic attempts to avoid being eaten by the hungry hawk early in the movie, the rest of the story was no doubt completely lost on them. So do the rest of us a favor, parents; either find a baby sitter and come see Rango for yourself, or watch a more kid-friendly flick in the comfort of your own home.
As an animated movie meant for an adult audience, I award Rango four SpaceGypsy wagons.