Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin | PG |
Look into Rango's eyes. They're beady-you might have to squint. See the soulfulness? 'Toons never have eyes that expressive. That's what makes Rango an animation nerd's dream. Using director Gore Verbinski's live-action shoot as a template, the artists succeed in creating critters that gloriously capture their human counterparts. But the story is less vivid. The town of Dirt has no water, so new sheriff Rango leads a posse to find it, with a Greek chorus of mariachi owls singing of his certain doom. In spite of the dry humor and surrealist nods, the action sometimes flags. But the vocal talent is superb. There's more verve in Depp's voice alone than most actors put on the screen from head to toe.
The Adjustment Bureau
Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery | PG-13 |
The good news is that guardian angels are real. The bad news: They're creeps. See, the agents of the Adjustment Bureau don't much care about petty human feelings like the love between politician David (Damon) and dancer Elise (Blunt). Because David and Elise aren't on the same life path, the metaphysical G-men will do just about anything to keep them apart. It's an intriguing idea, the notion that free will is a myth, but the film doesn't know how to resolve it and plunges off a narrative cliff in its final act. Even if you don't buy the mythology, though, the chemistry between Blunt and Damon makes the romance feel deeply real.