“Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger” is over-long, over-written, and too ambitious for it’s own good, especially considering that the character can be summed up in a sentence or two.”
Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger” has received some scathingly bad reviews – which had a lot to do with me not seeing it in the theater. That being said, it’s actually an entertaining movie. Johnny Depp is an interesting and quirky Tonto (I have never seen a ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ film to completion, so I can’t draw any comparisons to Capt. Jack Sparrow) and Armie Hammer is surprisingly funny – he has this sincerity about him that’s endearing in a Dudley Do-Right kind of way.
But at two hours, 29 minutes the movie is about an hour too long.
It’s strange because most movies would be content to just have an origin story to introduce the characters, though most movies aren’t dealing with characters as firmly established as the Lone Ranger – who appeared in radio in 1933, on television from 1949 to 1957 as well as a feature film in 1981 – which is why perhaps the filmmakers should have either had an origin story, or an adventure with flashback to said origin.
But not both. Ideas become formulaic because they’re used consistently, which is because they work (mostly). After all, who heard of Iron Man in 2008? Now seeing that – in most media – he doesn’t have nearly the history of the Ranger, it would be a really bad move to cram too much of the character in one movie.
Someone didn’t tell Verbinski this, because not only does he dedicate significant amounts of screen time to the origin of the Ranger, but then goes off on another interconnected adventure that connects current events to Tonto’s past.
If all that wasn’t enough, there’s a bit about the railroad cutting through American Indian lands.
And there’s also killer rabbits. It makes sense, till the movie goes about attacking – and contradicting – the very same notion later on.
It’s almost as if Peter Jackson, the director of the ‘Lords of the Rings’ films decided to consolidate them all into one movie – keeping as much content as humanly possible.
Which is a shame because there’s a really good movie in buried somewhere in “The Lone Ranger.”
Unfortunately, it takes way too long to get to.