Animation, spousal lies, horror

2011-03-18 00:00

JOHNNY Depp provides the voice for the title character in the new animated film, Rango, which opens in Pietermaritzburg today.

Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates­ of the Caribbean), the voice talent also includes Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant­ as the Spirit of the West.

This comedy-adventure promises to take moviegoers for a hilarious and heartfelt walk in the Wild West as it tells the story of the transformative journey undertaken by Rango, a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, who accidentally winds up in the gritty, gunslinging town of Dirt.

This lawless outpost is populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures where Rango, a less-than-courageous lizard, stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt, until, in a blaze of action-packed situations and encounters with outrageous characters, he starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be.

Rango is one of three new films opening at CineCentre. Also new to the cinema is the romantic comedy, Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, and the fantasy horror, Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman.

Just Go With It tells the story of Danny (Sandler), a plastic surgeon, who is romancing a much younger schoolteacher, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), and enlists his loyal assistant, Katherine (Aniston), to pretend to be his soon-to-be ex-wife in order to cover up a careless lie. But as Danny­ and Katherine attempt to keep up the charade, the lie just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Red Riding Hood is the latest offering from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. It tells the story of the people of Daggerhorn who have maintained an uneasy truce with a werewolf that prowls at every full moon for decades by offering the beast a monthly animal sacrifice to quench its appetite.

But under a blood-red moon, the wolf changes the stakes by taking the life of one of the villagers. The victim is the older sister of the film’s heroine, Valerie, and her death prompts Daggerhorn’s residents to call in a werewolf hunter, Father­ Solomon (Oldman), to get rid of the beast, but he warns it takes human form by day and could be one of those living in the village­.

In the midst of all this terror, Valerie finds herself in a love triangle. Her parents have arranged for her to marry Henry, the scion of the town’s wealthiest family, but she wants only Peter, the poor woodcutter who she has loved all her life.

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