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Join Johnny in an adventure of being a hero

31 Mar


Rango poster

“Johnny Depp is Rango.” The publicity line both on the poster and in the teaser is strong enough to draw some attention to Nickelodeon Movies’ new animated work.

Rango (voice by Johnny Depp) is a chameleon that always wants to be a hero, but lives in a glass box as a pet. One day he is accidentally sent to a town called “Dirt” in the middle of the desert. There he finds love with Beans (voiced by Isla Fisher). He then starts an adventure to be a hero through a battle for water. It is actually not different from any American superhero movie. In the massive hopelessness, the public needs something to believe in; it is the result of hope that helps them live on.

Johnny Depp still keeps his Captain Jack element, even through voice – a bit cynical, weird, unsettling.

The backdrop of the Wild West also gives this movie some more nostalgic indulgence. Hans Zimmer has hidden his strong electronic style but presented a largely Latin American score, which fits perfectly with the smooth animation.

Gore Verbinski inserts the story into a tale told by four owl musicians, which makes the movie run like a bedtime story for kids. The scene of Rango’s dream quite resembles one from the third piece of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, where Jack Sparrow is actually “at world’s end.”


Lost in Venice: The Tourist

15 Dec
The Tourist trailor

It is hard to believe one single movie can include two of the most charming human beings on this planet. ‘s The Tourist (2010) did it by presenting Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp together.

But beautiful faces are not equivalent to a good movie.

The effect of superstars

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp are arguably the two most successful Hollywood movie stars. Separately, each of their name can almost guarantee enough eyeballs.

Not to mention that this time they are put together in the same movie.

Once again, Jolie’s dangerous beauty is fully showed by her character set as an woman agent, which makes people easily remember her performance in Tomb Raider and Salt.

Her stunning beauty is woven with elegance, which is reflected by luxury hotels, shining jewelleries and most importantly, her smile, combining mystery and contempt.

Johnny Depp, who plays as an American tourist (Frank Tupelo) to Venice in this movie, finally shows his elegant side.

But his wickedness can still remind you of the famous Captain Jack Sparrow.

Both of the two stars maintain their performing legacy from their previous movies. Audiences who are familiar with their previous characters can have a certain degree of control, as the two stars do not go very far from images that make them famous.

Angelina and Johnny the tour guides

The story mainly takes place in Venice, although Paris and London are also mentioned by clearly are put at less important positions.

The story almost turns into a publicity material when Elise Clifton-Ward (Jolie) arrives in Venice.

A lot of panoramas are used to predict the view of Venice.

Together with romantic music, the luxury hotel (Hotel Danieli) is displayed as a must-go place for lovers (with enough money).

Publicity scenes are so obvious that they may even lift audiences up from the tension in the movie.

Jolie almost becomes a tour guide in Venice as the camera follows her throughout the city and she talks some nonsense that is not even helpful to push the plot.

Scenes depicting the romantic complex between Elisa (Jolie) and Frank (Depp) has literally made me sleepy even on the not-so-comfortable seat in the cinema.

Thanks to the two stars, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the director, may enjoy a different type of success.

This one may be a hit for box office, but may never reach as high as the Oscar winning The Lives of Others (2006).

It is a must-see movie for fans of Jolie and Depp or both of them, but it is a disappointing movie for those who expect more on the director and on the story.

My rating of this movie: 5.0/10
IMDB rating: 6.0/10




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