America, you’re letting me down. First the A-Team, then John Carter, and now The Lone Ranger. Why don’t you like these movies? They’re better than 99% of Hollywood’s offerings, and the fact that none of them will get a sequel makes me sad. These movies deserve to become franchise properties with multiple sequels — we got four Twilight movies, for crying out loud! As the venerable Bill the Cat would say… pptthth!
I’m a Lone Ranger fan, and have a shelf full of vintage toys and games based on the iconic character. After hearing all the negative feedback about the movie I was afraid that it might effectively ruin the character for the current generation. I hope that’s not the case, because after watching the movie this weekend, I have to say that it was a fun movie — not a great movie, but definitely a fun popcorn flick — the action scenes were awesome, and the deadpan humor was perfect.
Possibly the most surprising aspect of the movie for me was that I totally enjoyed Johnny Depp’s Tonto. This was the one element that scared me the most going into the movie (that bird!?), but after five minutes it was apparent that Depp absolutely owned the character. Tonto 2.0 is okay in my book.
The biggest problem with the movie for me was the lead actress, Ruth Wilson. I just could not get past her odd looks. Seriously, her upper lip enters the room a full thirty seconds before the rest of her — it’s really strange. Her role was a bit of a throwaway role anyway, and they probably could have taken up the romance factor a few more notches — just with some other actress. (I have the same reaction about Kiera Knightley’s overly large mouth — Gore Verbinski and I have decidedly different tastes.)
I had heard that the movie was overly violent, and was waiting for those moments to arise — and kept waiting. I see more violent scenes in network TV commercials than I saw in this movie. Get this [SPOILER ALERT] the Lone Ranger never kills anyone and is even a pacifist! No doubt, the plot could have been tidied up a bit, and the emotional level could have been amplified, but the fact that this movie wasn’t a carbon copy of every other action movie being made, and they didn’t feel the need to destroy an entire city to prove that the bad guys were REALLY bad, makes it A-OK in my book (well, there was that one Indian village).
When the William Tell Overture started to play in the final action sequence, I caught myself smiling and probably would have let out a little cheer if I wasn’t sitting alone in a dark room. Aw, who am I kidding, I did let out a little “whoop!” — and I may have clapped just a tiny bit. Sorry, but the movie was fun!
Admittedly, I’m probably one of the easiest critics when it comes to blockbuster movies. If things go boom, and an occasional one-liner is spoken, I’m usually good. Want to fly an F-35 over the streets of D.C. and blow up a multi-million dollar overpass to get someone who might possibly be the bad guy? Go right ahead, I’ll get the popcorn. I don’t understand people who mutter, “yeah, right,” while watching action movies. Suspend disbelief! Of course you can’t survive a nuclear blast by crawling into a fridge — it’s a movie! If movies were based on reality, all we’d see is a bunch of ugly people complaining about their lives — leave that to the Indie films!
The popular complaint about the Lone Ranger seems to be that it was long. So what. In this age of binge-watching TV series, why is a 2-1/2 hour movie so reviled? Granted, I choose to watch the movies in my comfy leather chair at home, so maybe that is too long for the theater, but I love a good long movie. Want to make a 9-hour Hobbit movie? Fine by me Peter, go for it! I’ll even sit through the extended versions on the DVD, as long as the movies are entertaining — film them in real-time! — I’ll still tuck my dollar bills into your sword belt.
No, The Lone Ranger is not the best movie ever made, but I thoroughly enjoyed it — I’ll give it three Heeyaws! out of five. Negative comments always drown out the positive with big budget movies like this, and one of these days I’ll learn to just ignore those green tomato splats. What did you think of the movie? I can’t be the only one who liked it, can I? Hello?