** (out of four)
Lonely lizard Rango (voiced by
The buzz: The commercial for this blissfully not-3D movie has a couple laughs, though viewers of all ages who heard Ned Beatty voice the deceptively huggable evil bear in “Toy Story 3” will be immediately suspicious when hearing Beatty voice the town of Dirt’s turtle mayor. This also may not really be fresh territory for Depp, who’s his same quirky self even as a chameleon in a Hawaiian shirt.
The verdict: Well, visually “Rango” looks excellent. Then characters start talking. So what might have been a delightful short and/or silent film becomes an incredibly busy pest of a
Did you know? A mariachi band of owls narrates the story as if Rango’s tale was some sort of legend, but their charm lasts only one scene. In the wake of the excruciating “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole,” it’s officially time to leave owls out of animated movies.
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