7/3/2013 4:02 PM ET|
The 'Lone Ranger' could leave Disney up the creek
Critics have little but scorn for the film starring Johnny Depp as Tonto. Will moviegoers agree?
Many reviews for the $250 million Western starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger, which opens Wednesday, have been brutal. The film was directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who developed the hugely profitable "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise featuring Depp.
Though movies are sometimes able to overcome a mass of negative reviews, "The Lone Ranger" will face a tough road, given that most professional critics didn't just hate the film but despised it.
Shares of Disney ended nearly flat Wednesday after opening with a dip as investors braced for a box-office bomb. By the way, Disney took a $200 million write-down for its "John Carter" science fiction epic.
"As of now, 'Lone Ranger' is tracking to open in the $70 million range, meaning the film will need strong legs domestically and a stellar run internationally to come out ahead financially," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Here's a sampling of the scathing comments about the film that are just about everywhere now.
"Director Gore Verbinski's 'The Lone Ranger' is for anyone who thought the Native American guy from the Village People and a western-wear model would make the perfect blockbuster-action team," wrote Joe Neumaier in New York's Daily News.
Writing in The Atlantic, Richard Lawson spoke of "Verbinski's strange and scattershot movie, which veers wildly in tone in a way that insults both any reverence for the past and our simple intelligence as summertime moviegoers."
The Washington Post's Anne Hornaday lamented the film's "tonal clashes, wherein mournful scenes of genocide and stolen immigrant labor are tastelessly juxtaposed with silly slapstick humor, and solemn historic revisionism abuts awkwardly with overblown computer-generated spectacle."
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1. Depp is part native American.
2. His attire is based upon a painting of an actual native American, silverheels tonto's headband is based upon the fact that the stuntman kept losing his wig.
3. If the tone of the movie had been light, critics would have said it minimized history. If it had been dark, it would have been Dead Man 2, or the brave, two serious films that nobody wanted to pay for.
4.historic revisionism implies that Hollywood portrayals of the west were somehow historically accurate. They were generally the opposite.
So the criticism is that the movie needs to be entirely insensitive to native americans, or a propaganda film, in order to be worth watching.
Besides, John Carter would been more popular, if half the critics and marketing people were well read enough to know about a novel that already has not been done a dozen times, like Tarzan.
Maybe they should have made yet another sequel to Pirates instead, it would have popular. The public is like the kid that has to have the same lines of Good Night Moon read each night in order to fall asleep. That is forgivable....but, critics, who are supposed to know something about the history of film and television, should have some concept of context.
So next time, Johnny Depp, don't try to portray the first peoples as people. Just either say "How", or show how unrealistically mystical they are at all times. Anything more nuanced is simply wasted.
It must be hard to be a critic and live a career of constant disappointment. The movie was fun, don't let some moron ruin a good time.
WE went to see the lOne Ranger movie, my wife went crazy laughing towards the end. It was a delightfully good movie.
Johnny Depp is a versatile actor willing to take on many rolls good or bad. It's called acting people, and the fact that he isn't vain or no part to small, he always brings life to his characters, good or bad. Also read your background of Johnny Depp, he has Indian in him. You people are cruel, really.
It's a MOVIE that never purported itself to be the definitive narrative on Native Americans or Westerns or the Old West or the History of Texas Rangers or comparable to the old show! It is ENTERTAINMENT and you have the option to just not see it if it's lack of and/or inclusion of authentic/ non authentic topics and characters offends you and/or the costume repulses you!
If you like Johnny Depp, you'll probably like him in the movie, if you don't...you get the gist! This isn't brain surgery...just make up your own mind and let the critics say what they want, they rarely get my attention anymore...they seem pretty much superfluous and irrelevant! (note: Rex Reed and Melissa McCarthy controversy)
We really don't have to 'hate' or 'like' anything to anyone but ourselves...it's rather pointless beyond that!
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