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I read another review of this film that made an observation that hadn't occurred to me but once I read it, it seemed completely obvious.

The key takeaway is in this paragraph:

"Much of the professional criticism I’ve read complains about the framing device: In 1933, a boy of 9 or 10, dressed in a Lone Ranger costume, wanders into a carnival exibit about “the Great American Wild West” and meets a diorama “Indian in his native habitat” who claims to be the original Tonto. But the framing is the essential substructure of the movie — the narrative is a tale about a vanished world, told by a very old man to a young boy. Everything we see on the screen is suspended between those two imaginations (just as in the radio dramas of the original Lone Ranger stories)."

In a sense, the film is taking place in the imagination of a ten year old boy.

Like you, Lance, I enjoyed the film despite it being a bit of a hot, noisy mess. I'm easy as well.

Mark P

I'm glad you liked this movie. I had great expectations for it, but I have been thoroughly turned off by the trailers I have seen. It looks too much like Pirates of the Caribbean go to Texas for me. But maybe I'll give it a chance, although probably not in the theaters.


These screenwriters didn't just write the Pirates of the Caribbean movies; they wrote The Mask of Zorro, which is for my money one of the best action/adventure flicks of the last twenty years (let's not talk about the lackluster sequel). It sounds to me that they might have done well to eschew some of the gore and pondering tone and try harder for that movie's sense of fun (while still retaining a lot of good character-driven action).

I do want to see this.


Not having seen either movie but I'm wondering whether The Lone Ranger is a book end to Depp's earlier film, Dead Man.

Lance Mannion

gmoke, I haven't seen Dead Man, but it's streaming on Netflix so I'm going to watch it this weekend.


As a Lone Ranger fan, you might appreciate this. Fred Foy, the narrator of the radio show who delivered possibly the most famous intro in broadcast history, was a member of our Episcopal parish before his death. If you were lucky enough to sit in the pew in front of him, hearing the Nicene Creed was like it was straight from the mouth of God.


Interesting take on this - i've read several bad reviews of this (the framing device is slanged without mercy) but even so this film seems to have its heart in the right place as opposed to Man of Steel or the Green Hornet film of a couple years ago - I only mention the Hornet becuase it was also a radio show - done by the same folks who created the Lone Ranger (in fact Brit Reid aka the Green Hornet per the radio show was a relative of the Ranger) which had some potential - the Hornet's a bit darker than the Ranger but Seth Rogen didn't do a very good job on it.


So what you're saying is that Trigger is the horse version of Lassie. But did Trigger ever rescue little Timmy from the well?

Mark P

I read/heard/saw somewhere that the movie is not doing well at the box office. The prediction was that Disney would think twice, or three times, before making a big-big-budget movie that doesn't already have a following. Maybe it would have done better if they had concentrated more on plot and character and less on expensive special effects. At least it wouldn't have been quite so expensive. Of course I haven't seen it yet, and, as I said, I'm judging only from the trailers I have seen.

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