"Rango" is definitely the kind of movie where the MST 3 K Mantra
applies: don't think, just go with it. Because the moment you stop to think, you realize nothing makes sense (and not just for being a Funny Animal
For example: some animals were "people" talking and using clothes, etc; while other animals (the roadrunners) were not; and some just are not defined (the Hawk). The plot itself wasn't terribly clear: why were the citizens of Dirt so out of touch with the rest of the world? Who was the Big Bad
going to sell the land to after everyone was gone? Where did things like their (diminute) guns come from?
Then there's also the surrealism of the movie: there's at least two "dream sequences" that 'did not really happen' (three if you count Rango's talk with the Spirit Of The West). Oh and The Mariachi Owls, while fun, were too 'meta'- sometimes part of the story, sometimes not. There's so much surrealism in the film, in fact, that when the cacti started moving, I thought it was just another hallucination. (That part was never explained, btw.)
Yes, I know; Rule Of Funny
. Thing is, the story gets SO serious at some points, it's easy to forget it's a comedy then. Or Is It
Frankly, while I think the CGI effects were incredible, I think the movie would have worked better if it had used more traditional animation; in fact the sequence with the Hawk in the desert was almost like something out of a Looney Tunes
cartoon. Its easier not to question things when they look less realistic. The characters would have looked cuter, too.
Despite my comments above, Rango is still a great movie; it's original, it's funny, it's full of action and it's almost unpredictable (oh you can tell what's going to happen next, just not exactly *how*.)
So overall, Rango is a great movie experience, thought it could have been written a little better.