The dreadful lack of depth of this feeble caricaturist attempt to resucitate The Lone Ranger to the cinema is bad enough, the lack of charisma of The Lone Ranger himself is unforgivable, Depp's tiresome character is unimaginative, the colossal cost of the whole affair is laughable and the insufferable & unwarranted 150-minute long makes you believe the North Pole will defrost quicker than you'll see the credits roll.
Thank you Scout Tafoya for consistently opening my eyes to see things I did not see before. The Lone Ranger, of Gore Verbinski's Disney blockbuster, I think might be his masterpiece. We are nothing but ghosts, unless someone continues to tell our stories, no matter how hard some of the details are to hear. And the final poignant scene over the end credits is beautiful.
Underrated film that never found its audience (with genocide, scalping, cannibalism and prostitution in abundance, it wasn't the kiddies). In equal measures an acid, spaghetti and classical Hollywood western; one reverent of its influences. Strong non-white male characters, in Disney! While on the nose, a small child learning a romanticized hero story's dark side is an appropriately revisionist framing device.
The unexpected happened; what a surprise. I thought this is one of Johnny Depp's overrated, bit stupid and strange productions. By no means it is. Great camera, fine dialouges, very good cutting, fantastic artists (all of them participating); overall great movie. Especially Depp's performance outstanding. Really deserves and gets 5 stars.
Pitched somewhere between the spectacle of The General and the cynicism of Once Upon a Time in the West, Verbinski & Co. wrestle with complex themes, from genocide & corruption, to betrayal & unrequited love. Placing their escapism within a context of American history, here brought to life for a child who knows only of "heroes" when the reality is something far more cruel, the results are both thrilling & affecting.
As a lifelong lover of Westerns, and with a long-time distaste for Depp, I avoided this poorly reviewed film like the plague. Lo and behold, do not judge a book by its critics. The costumes and sets were absolutely spectacular, the visuals were beautiful, and the action sequences were quite riveting. The performances are run of the mill, but it works. Great fun all around, its reputation ruined by stuffy snobbery.