I had so wanted for this particular movie to transport me back to the Old West. Didn’t happen. How can The Lone Ranger possibly utter the phrase,”Let’s do this”? In the past 2 years, just about every woman heading into the gym has used that exact same phrase, “Let’s do this” as their pre-workout status update. What’s next? Tonto finds his way using Google Maps?
Two things I thoroughly enjoyed. One, Director Gore Verbinksi’s exotic shooting locales. There are some beautiful shots in this movie. Two. The bad guy. Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner). The make-up application was 2 1/2 hours every day of shooting.
My personal take: I know when CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) takes over the screen. These days, most audiences know too. So why on earth would you saturate it with so much CGI into a movie set in 1869? To make it more exciting? What’s more exciting than just plain Cowboys & Indians? What’s more exciting than the thunderous roar of running horses? What’s more exciting than a good old-fashioned Western? It just doesn’t work. Tonally, this movie was all over the map. Serious Western? Revenge Film? Buddy Comedy? The Lone Ranger will work for boys between the ages of 9 and 14. But even then, the film goes on forever at 2 hours 29 minutes.
The Lone Ranger is a runaway train from the beginning. Too bad it’s headed in the wrong direction. I’m sorry for the bummer news. I love movies. Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones. You can also hear me every Saturday at 4p PST hosting America’s Longest Running Movie Talk Show, The Film Freak Movie Talk Show on KFWB NewsTalk 980 AM Los Angeles. Listen online at www.kfwbam.com