Originally Posted by gwsat 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.
Originally Posted by gwsat 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.
Originally Posted by Josh Z
Can they, though? In today's market, movies that ask viewers to think almost always lose money.
Its not the problem of asking people to think, its just that thinking movies doesn't always have an interesting premise.
Originally Posted by gwsat
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.
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.
Remember to think of it as "POTC Go West" and you won't have any false expectations.
Actually it was not even in the same league as POTC. More like POTC on crack.