Lone Ranger – Blockbuster Buster

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  1. BB: “Hey, fellas! Erod: huge fan!”

    Funnily (to me), BB’s the smallest guy on the bench! XD

  2. Here’s hoping for a Bass Reeves biopic starring Denzel Washington.

  3. The Real Silverstar

    Review aside, Erod: Glad to see you’re OK and still able to produce content.

  4. Part of the problem: the traditional Western is pretty much dead. I can understand why someone might not have wanted to just let the source material speak for itself, and instead try to throw in a bunch of junk – like Captain Jack Sparrow – to try to spice it up.

    But if there’s anything we can learn from Red Dead Redemption, it’s that a good solid Western can work. Even without zombies and magical rainbow unicorns.

    1. Ditch Johnny Depp. The “Wise Native Scout” trope might be something of a stereotype, it would have worked a lot better than “Clownish Native Comic Relief”. You want to know how I think you should present a Native American in a film these days? By portraying them with some dignity!

    2. Make the hero competent. The Ranger should have been – oh, I don’t know, maybe I’m just spitballing here, but maybe, just maybe – A FREAKING RANGER? He should not have been a stupid lawyer, that’s for sure!

    3. The villain should be a decent match for the hero. If you’re going to go with a super-dark Wild West version of Hannibal Lector, then you need a dark hero to go up against him, not an incompetent clown like this one. Frankly, they should have toned down the villain while making the hero a bit more competent.

    • Agreed in all cases, even though I like Johnny Depp. Dropping the mystic element from the story would’ve helped too, since it didn’t actually go anywhere. Lone Ranger trying to capture the man who slaughtered his team works fine.

      I thought the movie nailed the finale though. It reminded me of the old Lone Ranger cartoons.

    • I wouldn’t say that western is dead per se, but simple fact is that romanticized versions of it is cheese as hell (and racial insensitivity minefield). Red Dead Redemption, The Hateful Eight, The Magnificent Seven remake (guess who is lead protagonist.. lol), etc. Keep some level of decency targeting more gritty/realistic look what is still a selling point. Lone Ranger basically did go completely opposite side for some reason!?

      • I meant by relative comparison to its heyday, prior to the 1970s. It used to be that practically every other movie and every other TV show was a Western. Gene Roddenberry even pitched Star Trek as “Wagon Train to Space” at one point, because Westerns were so prominent that no one seriously considered Sci-Fi. Now, it’s the other way around: you got a million Sci-Fi movies, and Westerns are rare.

        Personally, I’d like to see some good treatment of Weird West, a subgenre of Western that incorporates more fantastical elements, like Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Lovecraftian Horror. I was kind of hoping that King’s Gunslinger movie would do that, but reports are that it didn’t go as well as expected.

        The reason The Lone Ranger didn’t really go the dark-and-gritty way (despite some extremely dark elements – fava beans and Chianti, anyone?) is because it is ultimately a Disney project; they were going for kid-friendly, no doubt, so they could follow it up with an animated TV series with action figures and coloring books and such.

        • The really dark elements, in addition to making the main characters less competent, really hurt the movie in my opinion. I can only guess they put them in because it worked for Pirates of the Caribbean but didn’t realize that what worked for one franchise would not necessarily work for another.

  5. The Real Silverstar

    It seemed like the producers couldn’t decide whether they wanted to make a grittier, more adult re-imagining of the hero or a goofy parody thereof, so they tried to do both simultaneously, and it just came off as confused and awkward. If the entire movie had been like the climax scene when the Lone Ranger chases down the train, they might’ve had something.

  6. I actually kinda liked this movie. Then again, I did see it at a two-dollar movie theater and I had never seen any other Lone Ranger anything and I have never The Legend of Zorro either. In his defense, Johnny Depp may be like 1/16th Native American. That’s something, I guess? Still, I learned a lot from this video about the background of the Lone Ranger.

    • The real problem with Depp has less to do with his own ethnicity and much more to do with his portrayal. They obviously wanted Tonto to be a comic relief character. Which is sad, when you consider how the Lone Ranger himself is portrayed in this film; it couldn’t really get much more pathetic.

      In older media, Tonto is something of the “Wise Native Scout” stereotype, but at least he is portrayed with some dignity. At least he didn’t have a stupid dead bird on his head.

      The real problem is that they were trying to shoehorn him into the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. They made the character into a joke. But then again, they also made the Lone Ranger himself into a joke, so… lose/lose all around, I guess.

  7. Reminds me of Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet film.

    • But at least Green Hornet has a sense. Pocking fun from rich asshole who pretend that he is a hero, usually goofing around when his chauffeur do all the job (what largely was case in the original even if it treat itself seriously) is way more interesting then making a looser from last survivor of brutal assault (or worst.. his looser brother who pretend is him) and worst Indian stereotype from time when US government pay for they ears.

  8. Johnny Depp is actually part Cherokee but there were other actors they could have used. I love johnny don’t get me wrong but everyone knows they were trying for bucks on this movie casting him.

  9. Your old review of this was better. I felt it was more in-depth and covered both good and bad points better. This review just kind of feels like the extras that would get added in the special edition that are by themselves for some reason

    • That is my general opinion about his new style.. but I said that once and would not whine like a child about it.

      • I’m not really one way or the other about his old review style versus the new. I had begun to think that the old school “Angry Reviewer Trashes Work” paradigm had mostly run its course. Of the two pioneers of the genre, AVGN has shifted his focus mostly to other projects, and NC changes his format up between editorials, skit reviews, and traditional clip reviews.

        Frankly, I kind of wish ERod would focus on his Honest Reviews. I just feel that’s what he’s best at: looking at comic book media and relating it to his own love of the characters, stories, and such. It also feels more genuine to me, like it’s really him we’re watching, whereas in the skit reviews and clip reviews, he’s just playing a character; maybe one based on his true self, but a character nonetheless.

        Hear that, ERod? DO MORE HONEST REVIEWS!

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