Lone Ranger: Critics Holding Nothing Back

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"The Lone Ranger", which opens today, has already gotten some pretty negative reviews from critics, who say it's not so much that the film is bad; it's that it doesn't really understand what sort of beast it is.

From the get-go--pretty much as soon as those pictures emerged of Johnny Depp's costume, not to mention the fact that Depp is playing Tonto--many were skeptical of the plot. Taking an old televised western and bringing it to the big screen is tricky enough without bringing in all the trappings of a big-budget summer action flick, and many critics are saying that Gore Verbinski fell short.

According to The Wrap, "The Lone Ranger feels schizophrenic, a state of affairs that would be forgivable if it delivered as a post-modern comedy or as an exciting Western or even as an exhilaratingly brainless piece of summer entertainment. It is a drag as an action movie, it's not funny in its attempts at self-parody, and it feels like a Western made by people working off a checklist of tropes without ever really understanding the genre. [Director Gore] Verbinski and his writers have taken a promising idea and put a silver bullet in its head."

Variety says, "No longer simply the sidekick, Tonto gets top billing in Disney’s extravagant but exhausting reboot, whose vaguely revisionist origin story partners a heavily face-painted Johnny Depp with the blandly handsome Armie Hammer. Directed by “Pirates of the Caribbean’s” Gore Verbinski, this over-the-top oater delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but sucks out the fun in the process, ensuring sizable returns but denying the novelty value required to support an equivalent franchise."

Of course, there are a few people online who say they thoroughly enjoyed the film, but they seem to be in the minority at this point.

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum