Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DVD Catch-Up: "Season of the Witch" (2011), "Rango" (2011)

"SEASON OF THE WITCH"
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Mundane, dreadfully 'straight' medieval quest film, "Season of the Witch" is not only hopelessly lifeless, but frightfully ugly (there are shades of amber and ice-mint blue and nothing in-between.)
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Two crusaders (Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman) return home to find plague and witchcraft the topics of the day, and are soon requested by the Church to escort an accused witch to her questionably fair trial. 
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The quest is highlighted by a rickety bridge-crossing and a midnight wolf attack (how exciting!) but hinges on the "is-she-or-isn't-she?" hooplah when the real question is, quite truthfully, "when is this thing over?" [D]
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"RANGO"
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A real delight, this odd, quirky, all-ages animated film is one of the true finds of the year. A critter-western, Johnny Depp voices the title character, a crooked-necked chameleon who stumbles upon the town of Dirt, a classic one-strip town with a water shortage and power-hungry mayor. 
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Rango bluffs his way to sheriff, but the town's problems outweigh his false reputation and he soon finds himself in a bit of a pickle. There are fart jokes, but mostly "Rango" is a compelling, sweetly-flavored and conceptually unique piece of animation, further proof than artistic success is not exclusive to the boys at Pixar. [B]

1 comment:

  1. Rango is one of the most eccentric animated films you'll ever have the pleasure of sitting through. Its homage to westerns combined with its explosive action sequences, an endless amount of hilarity, tender and sentimental moments that actually make you feel sorry for a talking lizard, and even a little bit of romance pretty much has all your bases covered as far as genres are concerned. Rango is a dark, witty, and entertaining ride that's also fairly mature for an animated film. All in all, Rango is easily the best movie of 2011 so far.

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