27 October 2014

The Lone Ranger


The Lone Ranger 2013
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Johnny Depp,  Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham-Carter, James Badge Dale,
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist, Rango, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger
    • Armie Hammer – Veronica Mars
    • Helena Bonham-Carter – Les Misérables, Dark Shadows, Great Expectations, Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter, Toast, The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Absolutely Fabulous, Enid, Terminator Salvation, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Conversations with Other Women, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Fight Club, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, Howards End, Hamlet, A Room with a View
    • William Fichtner – The Dark Knight, Crash, Equilibrium, The Perfect Storm, Contact, Heat, Strange Days
    • Tom Wilkinson – Best Exotic Hotel Marigold, Valkriea, Michael Clayton, Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Girl with the Pearl Earring, Shakespeare in Love, Smilla’s Sense of Snow
  • Why? JD. 44nd in JD marathon
  • Seen:  October 24, 2014
When I was about six years old I came home from school every day and listened to The Lone Ranger on the radio. This was in the Stone Age, you understand. I probably saw the TV series too but I don’t remember that really. The best Lone Ranger film is Lenny Bruce’s “Thank You Masked Man.”
This film from last year got very mixed reviews. Some were really very bad. Worst film. Worst actor.  But also best this and best that.
I am very curious....
It’s a bit Pirates of the Caribbean although Tanto is grumpier than Captain Jack Straw.
It shifts from the whimsical to the gruesome to the romantic to action and then to just plain weird.  For the first hour I wonder where it’s going, if anywhere. Then...Tanto the Last Windigo Hunter.  Hmmm. Could be interesting.  But is it a parody or is it serious?
It is both. The story unfolds and tells how the Lone Ranger became the Lone Ranger as he, under the guidance of outcast half-mad Tanto, fights the railroad and silver barons of the Wild West and the slaughter of the Comanches by the US army.
I can’t deny it.  By the end I’m hooked.  When the real Lone Ranger music finally comes in the climactic last half hour I get the old childhood thrill.  And at the very last line I laugh out loud.  The Lone Ranger rears up on the white horse he has finally named Silver and shouts, “Heigh-Ho, Silver! Away!” and Tanto looks at him and says in shocked contempt: “Don’t ever do that again.”
Parody? Of course! Serious? That too, a little.

Amazingly: 3 * of 5. 

PS Helena Bonham-Carter is in her tiny role superb, as always.
PPS Now we know what kimosabe means: “Wrong brother.”

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