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July 1, 2013


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Too forgiving of this film's flaws, although I guess it's a fair trade-off considering that most critics are far too dismissive of its virtues.


I am convinced that THE LONE RANGER is one of the best films of the year. I did not walk in with the PIRATES franchise in mind and I wasn't all wrapped up in Depp. I figured I was going to see a western, but I wasn't prepared to have to bring my CLOUD-ATLAS-watching game along with my M&Ms. There's a LOT going on in this movie. For starters - and this idea means that a lot of reviewers are totally missing the point and/or looking for and at the wrong things - there is absolutely no reason to think that what is going on in the main action of the film is absolutely, literally real. You are seeing something that is at least semi-imagined, and the degree to which it is imagined depends on your interpretation of the framing device of the fair, and I see two different ones, both of which, I think, are valid: 1) this is a story told by Tonto as he chooses to tell (and embellish) it, and the way in which he tells it is itself telling, given what you learn of Tonto - again, from his own perspective 2) there was never a live, moving, speaking Tonto in that diorama. Hint: look carefully at the "trades" Tonto makes when he prepares to bury the Rangers. Also: at the end of the film, Tonto changes resemble whom?


though, upon reading the review again, it really comes off more like one of Chaw's 2 1/2-stars type reviews, so whatevs.


this is the most surprised i've been by a FFC review in a while. can't believe Walter liked this thing.

Buz Martin

The chief says Tonto is a "band apart." Some tribes are called bands. For example, the Eastern Band of Cherokee in North Carolina. While the reviewer got it slightly wrong with "banned", he got it right with the reference I think. I love the movie, and will see it again. It offends my sensibilities as a person of American Indian descent not one bit.


Okay, I could be wrong, but I really think the old Indian chief said that Tonto was "a man apart," not "banned apart." The latter phrase doesn't really make sense in the context of the sentence.

Bill C

@GuestGuest: Tell me again how this works while I read Walter's pans of the last three Pirates movies, Alice in Wonderland, and The Rum Diary.


Review by man-crush, that's the Walter Chaw style.

If they remake 'The Producers' with Johnny Depp, it will get three stars too!


Your take is fascinating for reasons I'll probably only share live over beers some day.

We need to find a time and opportunity at some point.



Interesting remarks on Superman. I think it's accurate. It's about nostalgia and loss, and being willing to look foolish as the world around you changes and mocks you. (Same with Captain America. Although, the first half of the Marvel film surprised me by realizing the character's strength is as an underdog who hates bullies, and not a jingoistic cliche.)

Anyway, I might actually give Lone Ranger a shot.


Way to damn this movie with faint praise (especially since most critics are just damn condemning it)

Essentially the review boils down to 'it's good for what it is and at least it's trying and considering the rest of the mindless drek out there, it's pretty alright I guess.'

It feels more like a bad review of this summer's slate than a good review of the movie itself...


Well, this is a pleasant surprise, I was certain this was going to be awful.

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