I watched some of the new "Lone Ranger" last night. Yes, it was disappointing enough not to stick with it. I came in at about 20 mins, watched about 40 more and came back at the very end. Where do I start?
Far be it for them to take the subject matter seriously. Depp tries to be funny. Hammer is a bit of a goof. Of what I saw, the train robbery and wreck, must have been mostly shot in front of a green screen. The robbery must have been a tribute to "The Wild Bunch" for a minute because it looks and sounds like it was lifted right out of it. These bad guys are more ugly than sin. One is a transvestite wannabe and they are all not so smart.
Count the barn burning scene as another section that is too much. Our hero, who probably couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat takes a shot at the bad guys during their standoff. It ricochets on the way to them. It doesn't do it once it hits off of at least three other things, including the crow on Tonto's head before it finally hits a beam being held up by a rope. Of course, the beam lets go and falls on all the villains. Yeah, sure.
I came back for the final scene, by accident, only to find that they had to blow up more stuff. With hints of The William Tell Overture softly playing in the background it came to an end. As the titles start up we start to get the overture in all its glory only after about a minute or so it becomes background to Hans Zimmers score. The accompanying strings are still doing their work while Zimmer lays some melody over it. Not a thing wrong with Rossini. They could have left that alone and got one thing right.
I won't even try to figure out the whole kid in the museum part. I didn't see enough of it to know and I'm not sure I want to know. I hope this has cured the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer from trying to make any more westerns. The problem is that it may have cured everyone from making them. If producers point to this one as a reason why the western is dead then that is proof that they don't know anything about them and we will just have to live with what has been done.
What I saw was bad enough. I can't imagine having to sit through it all.
"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."