Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Lone Ranger (2013)

IMDB plot summary: Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, and Tom Wilkinson.

This is... a weird one. There are moments when I catch glimpses of what it could (and, I think, should) have been: a very silly western adventure flick. The final action sequence on the train was surprisingly entertaining, with plenty of good sight gags and fun moments. However, there is a LOT of weirdness before it. The movie is FAR too long, and it bounces back and forth awkwardly between actual serious issues (like mental illness or stealing land from the Native Americans) and goofy slapstick. Not to mention the completely bizarre and unnecessary framing device of the kid in the museum, and the fact that the movie can't make a definitive decision on whether it's going to contain fantasy elements or not. It's just a weird mess, and that's really sad, because parts of it are SO much fun. But this script needed to go through about six more rewrites before it was ready to be filmed.

2 stars.

Flickchart: #1681 out of 2214, below Willow and above Saw. That is a bit too low for it. I may have to do some tweaking later.

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