By Eddy Montilla
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Written by: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott and Justin Haythe
Genre: Western, Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Johnny Depp (Tonto), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) y Helena Bonham Carter (Red Harrington
Running Time: 149 minutes.
If you watched The Lone Ranger television series (1949-1957), starring Clayton Moore at that time, the only thing that you will probably love about this new version brought by Disney is the last five minutes. Why? Because you can listen to the theme music of the movie, which is the overture to the opera William Tell and it was composed by Gioachino Rossini. You can enjoy it. Except for that, the movie came and went almost unnoticed.
Movie critics treated The Lone Ranger mercilessly, claiming that its plot is weak, disheartening, loose, etc. But the question is… Since when action movies, like a western, are supposed to have strong plots? Disney did not lose its more than 200 million dollars because of Lone Rangers’ plot. The real mistake was to move it from its original idea: Action, toughness and fight for justice in the West. Take a look at this version… Johnny Depp (Tonto) stars higher than The Lone Ranger. First mistake.
But people can forgive that, everybody makes mistakes, after all. What is almost unforgivable is that in the Wild West, humor is welcome, but there is no room for clowning around. You did not see Clayton Moore talking nonsense as this Lone Ranger did. People have in their mind, a specific idea about who Tonto and the Lone Ranger were. To avoid the collapse, the director had to follow it and make something new over this base. Something different was made, they lost millions of dollars and The Lone Ranger felt very lonely. Now, I have to go… Hi-Yo, Silver!
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper WORLD AND OPINION with Eddy Montilla
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