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Wick-Quoting #40: Rango

“I tip my hat to you… One legend to another.”


Well, the trailer for the film delivered a bunch of heard-em-before oneliners and an iffy concept – an chameleon named Rango fools his way into becoming a town sheriff and then is faced with numerous comedic hardships upon realizing that being the sheriff actually comes with some dangerous work.  But since Johnny Depp is voicing Rango, I naturally assumed that there must be some kind of off-kilter, whimsical factor to the movie as well.  I mean, Johnny Depp!  The man doesn’t just do normal animated movies like that!

How goofy!

And, long story short, he really doesn’t.  Rango is basically a film about what I just briefly explained.  Except that there is a handful of strangeness – a mystery afoot involving water, Rango’s silly and light headed qualities that remind one of Jack Sparrow’s own method of don’t act serious and don’t get taken seriously, then find yourself in trouble later on yeah sure but bust your way out of it in a cool manner, and well… some other strange things that you can see for yourself.  The other characters as well as the villains and the fight scenes also deliver a taste of originality that proove to be funny and fairly exciting.  Not to mention the over-arching mystery of the plot – that one got to me, and it delivers an environmental message in a pretty interesting way.  Although those who don’t really know the background of what Rango is trying to tell audiences may not get the full impact of the message, as a Society and Environment major I appreciated what the filmmakers were trying to show young audiences.  And it is certainly nothing for older audiences to scoff at either – I don’t want to preach here, so lets just say, water is important and SCARCE folks.  Yes, in our real world too, not just the world of Rango.

Especially in a desert!

Now, if there are any problems with the film that I felt myself and gathered from friends who also saw the film, it is that as an animated movie – it is a bit difficult to concisely explain, but – I suppose there isn’t a lot of magic to it per say.  Rango is actually a pretty factual film despite the whimsy of a lot of what happens and the characters, and there is no rosy and teary moment of revelation and comraderie or whatever as audiences might expect from watching pretty much the only reliable House-of-Good-Animated-Movies these days, Pixar.  And there aren’t as many friendly laughs and oneliners for kids and feel goodness as a Dreamworks movie like Shrek or Kung Fu PandaRango doesn’t really do feelgood and has a more abstract comedic feel, but I did still appreciate it.  Although its appeal seems to be somewhat hit or miss, I’d recommend giving Rango a try.  I think the filmmakers did try to make a film that stands out a bit from the bumpercrop of other animated films out there, and they have succeeded.  Now it’s up to audiences to accept the film or not.

Rattlesnake Jake is a pretty cool character


Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 7.8

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Wick-Quoting #33: True Grit (2010)

“I am a Texas Ranger.”


I had to admit to having some reservations about this film before I went to go see it.  Of course, I knew that it was directed by the Coen Brothers, who made the amazing No Country for Old Men among other great films.  But I thought the trailer for this film looked dry and bland, not to mention that I’m also not a huge fan of Westerns.  Still, I can confidently say that this film personally exceeded my expectations.

They got on their Western hats

Casual movie goers such as teens and college students just looking for activities to do with their friends on the weekends may not be very aware of the Coen Brothers and their library of works.  Many people of the demographics mentioned might not even have watched No Country for Old Men.  To those people, aka those who weren’t all hyped up because of the “directed by the Coen Brothers” line, I think you’ll greatly enjoy True Grit. The story is about a young girl named Mattie (Hailee Steinfield) who is determined to seek justice after her father is murdered helping a man named Tom Cheney (Josh Brolin).  To this end she gains the help of Texas Ranger LeBeouf (Matt Damon) and Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges).  Young Hailee does an amazing job as Mattie, and Mattie herself is a strong, witty, and very determined heroine.  Damon and Bridges do a great job in their roles, and play strong and street wise (sorry, this just seems to be the most fitting term in my mind) characters who still each have their weaknesses that make them that much more human and likeable.  The chemistry of the three characters – Mattie, Cogburn, and LeBeouf – fuels a good part of the story’s humane side, and this relationship of the characters all leads to a touching and, in my opinion, strangely lonely although not unhappy ending.

You only got one shot, do not miss your chance..

Overall, True Grit is no tough guy action movie.  It’s not a movie that’ll keep you constantly on the edge of your seat with gunshots and showdowns and villains popping out of every shadow.  But it is a movie with a unique, interesting plot that does plenty to keep you engaged throughout, with great characters and a strangely very moving, human feeling.  I don’t know the exact words to describe it, but the ending of the film gave me that feeling that Mattie also has as she walks away from the camera.  True Grit is definitely one of those films that will leave an impact.

Damon makes for an unintentional humorous Texas Ranger


Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 8.8

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