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Perry’s Previews “Rango” – Even Johnny Depp Can’t Save Weak Plot & Unappealing Characters

Published on: 4th March, 2011

Perry Chen at Rango Press Screening (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry’s Previews “Rango” – Even Johnny Depp Can’t Save Weak Plot & Unappealing Characters

(2.5 out of 5 starfish)

By Perry S. Chen                                                               March 4, 2011

(published on the San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego’s top newspaper with over 1 million weekly readers)

Perry Chen - San Diego Union Tribune movie panelist (photo by SDUT)

Liked: I liked a few entertaining scenes and the quote, “No one can walk out of his own story.” I also think the four burrowing owls in festive sombreros and instruments are funny and kind of cute.

Disliked: This film is BAD! Johnny Depp tried his best, but his character is simply not very well developed. Also, a lot like what Roger Ebert wrote on “The Green Hornet,” there is too much senseless violence that adds little to the plot. I don’t like the character design either. Many of the townspeople are ugly, and some do not resemble any living creatures, such as a character with shaggy hair and a beak for a nose. The film has a weak story line and no powerful moral. “Wall-E” told a much better story about a similar problem.

Would I recommend it? Find out from my review on the San Diego Union Tribune and see what other movie panelists have to say:

Copyright 2011 by Perry S. Chen

Rango, distributed by Paramount, opens TODAY, March 4, 2011


Perry S. Chen is a 11-year-old award-winning film critic & artist, TV/radio personality, Annie Awards for Animation presenter, TEDx speaker,  filmmaker and animator.  He writes about movies for San Diego’s largest newspaper, the Union Tribune with over 1 million readers.  Perry is also the youngest columnist and entertainment critic for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine.  He also blogs for Animation World Network, and is the resident film critic for Amazing Kids! with about 1 million readers.  Perry’s Previews and Amazing Kids!, co-organizers of the first ever “Amazing Kids! Perrific Oscar Picks Contest” sponsored by Disney Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, recently announced 40 kids from around the world won of the contest: (press release)

Perry won the San Diego Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award, and is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood; and Shamon Freitas Agency in San Diego.

Perry started writing movie reviews using his unique kids-friendly starfish rating system on his website ( ) as an 8-year-old third grader at San Diego’s Torrey Hills Elementary School from the Del Mar Union School District.

Perry became a national sensation when he debuted on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in May 2009 as the youngest film critic in the country.  He was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen in March 2010, and has reviewed over 50 movies and DVDs on a multi-media platform: TV, radio, print, and web.  He is the youngest member of the Asian American Journalist Association, the San Diego Press Club,  and the youngest honoree of Cox Communication Channel 4’s annul Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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