The Lone Ranger finally showed up on cable this month and I watched it. Despite its wonderful special effects and action sequences, and a number of laugh out loud funny sight gags, the film just didn't work. I felt about it as WinstonChurchill is said to have exclaimed about a desert he didn't like, "Take it away -- This pudding has no theme." Like Winston's pudding, I thought Verbinski's The Lone Ranger turned out to have been a whole lot less than the sum of its parts.
The film was grotesquely too long, 2.5 plus hours, and its repeated half baked attempts to convince us it was a comedy were wearing. As others have noted, John Reed, the man behind the Lone Ranger's mask, was a heroic but tortured character. Verbinski's repeated attempts to convince us that there was something funny about the Masked Man's origins fell flatter than a pancake, it seemed to me. I would have thought he could have done better with His $200 million plus budget.
Having tried to watch it on cable, I would say that you are far too kind to this absolute crappy mess.
Jerry. Just remember. Its not a lie . . . if you believe it. GC
Gravity was a special case. Although it was intelligent and thoughtful, that was leavened by its bankable stars, incredibly exciting and beautiful special effects, and a runtime of only about 90 minutes.
OK, I have to admit Gravity is, indeed, "a special case" and not the norm.
The film was grotesquely too long, 2.5 plus hours, and its repeated half baked attempts to convince us it was a comedy were wearing.
2.5 hours! Well, that pretty much makes up my mind. I was willing to waste maybe 90 minutes on it, based on the comments here, but not that much. At least I'll still have my fond childhood memories of Clayton as the real Lone Ranger, unsullied and unspoiled.