Idgy and I had a night at the movies on Friday. We went to see the new "Rango" film starring none other than the delectable Mr Depp. Now seeing Mr Depp as a chameleon was something of a novelty to say the least. Especially since the film had so many references and links to his Pirates Of The Caribbean films. Honestly you expected this cutesy chameleon to suddenly grab a hat, a wig, a cutlass and a manic grin and take to the waves.
He didn't, instead we found ourselves led into the most amazing world of old time westerns, a town called Dirt, good guys (obviously hard done to, cute character type guys) getting their revenge on the nasty evil bad guys.
Our hero was a dreamer who suddenly finds himself in the big bad world where he can no longer be the star of his own little one act plays. He's faced with evil hawks who'd eat him in a flash, they've got to catch him first tho'. He meets a host of down home characters who have all those human characteristics blended and welded into the body and face of an almost, but not quite mythical creature. Nothing is as it seems, but everything is very normal. I know that sounds daft but it sort of says what I mean.
Like many an old western, this one is graced by a Mariachi band, popping up every now and then and giving us the low down on the plot. Of course they all sound exactly like Antonio Banderas which helps enormously and is enough to set many a heart aflutter.
The Spirit of the West character being Clint Eastwood in a golf buggy is inspired, as is the armadillo whose sole quest in life is to cross to the other side and get run over in the process.
There are no fabulous horses as in a normal western. Instead their place is taken by road runner birds. Weird and wonderful, you find yourself believing in all this, drawn in, cheering on the misfit characters, wanting them to succeed.
There is enough adult humour and twists to make it really watchable for the slightly older than twelve viewer. Alas not in 3D so from my point of view nothing worth leaping about and reaching for. Great bonus to Idgy tho', less of an embarrassment factor, score one to her team.
Did I enjoy my night out with Rango. Well yes I did, there is nothing like a well spoken chameleon with squint neck and quirky humour to lighten up your Friday evening. Throw in a pizza and good laughter with the best gal in the world and I guess you have a good night out there all in one.
So if you haven't seen this one, go for it. Kick back and let the complete lunacy of Hollywood's finest wash right over you. Believe in those little guys way out west, root for their quest for water and fight their battles with them. Then close your eyes, breath deep and imagine Johnny Depp in a pirate outfit.