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In a Real and Tangible Way, The Lone Ranger Is the Most Important Film of 2013

By Dustin Rowles | Film Reviews | July 3, 2013 | Comments ()


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Johnny Depp’s film career since the first Pirates of the Caribbean has been a baffling mystery to me: Why would a guy so selective and daring in his film choices in the first part of his career (he only had one $100 million movie in the first 19 years of his career, and that only came 15 years in [Sleepy Hollow]) suddenly begin taking on these huge movies, like the Pirates sequels, The Tourist, Alice in Wonderland, and now Disney’s The Lone Ranger? Here’s a guy we used to associate with Terry Gilliam, Jim Jarmusch, and those quirky, gothic Tim Burton films, and now he’s suddenly making a $215 million Disney film based on an old television show that — like Dark Shadows — no one really gives a damn about anymore.

Looking over at his supporting cast in The Lone Ranger, however, it all began to make sense. This is not the work of a man looking out for himself. It’s not a selfish profit motive. No. Johnny Depp is a goddamn giver. He is a patron of great actors. After spending so much time toiling away in smaller, more challenging movies and never receiving a paycheck worthy of his talent, Johnny Depp has decided to do what no one did for him: Provide talented people with hefty paychecks for little work, hefty paychecks that allow them to live comfortably while they’re making better, more artistic movies, like the kind that Johnny Depp used to make.

Consider the fact that W. Earl Brown, who has one scene in The Lone Ranger, probably made more for that one scene than his last 20 roles combined. Or that the brilliant character actor, William Fichtner — who plays the villain in The Lone Ranger — probably made more for making this movie than he’s made his entire career up to this point. Or Ruth Wilson, the devilishly amazing redhead from BBC’s “Luther,” who not only got paid incredibly well, she landed a high-profile role that will allow her to make more, better films, like the ones she deserves to make. Tom Wilkinson has been nominated for two Oscars, and yet he made more on The Lone Ranger than in both of those movies combined. Times two. James Badge Dale got no appreciation for “Rubicon,” and was mostly cut out of World War Z, but The Lone Ranger gives him needed exposure to elevate him into the mainstream because he, too, is a worthy talent. Plus, Stephen Root, people! Three scenes probably fetched him $100,000 at least, which means that he’s not going to have to start teaching acting classes at an adult ed anytime soon.

Never mind that The Lone Ranger is a lousy movie — and it is a lousy movie — the $215 million spent on this two and a half hour sh*tshow probably employed 2000 people. There are countless gaffes, prop people, craft services outfits, set designers, and computer graphics people who can pay to put their kids through college thanks to The Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp single-handedly put a dent in the unemployment rate. He made a lot of Christmases happy ones. He allowed people to pay off mortgages, replace busted up cars, and put decent meals on the table. Do you have any idea how much good $215 million can do? Johnny Depp made that happen, and there’s probably not another actor who could’ve secured that much money for a movie this sh*tty.

Ultimately, what’s the harm in that? So, you spend an interminable two and a half hours sitting on your ass in an air-conditioned theater in the middle of the summer? Big deal! Think of the thousands who benefited from your unpleasant movie-going experience. THINK OF THE GREATER GOOD, PEOPLE.

Besides, the movie is not all bad. You do get to hear the “Lone Ranger Theme,” and it is spectacular (even better if you just close your eyes and absorb it, rather than watch the 17-hour action sequence that unfolds in front of you). Johnny Depp is also fitfully amusing, if you can get over the fact that he’s playing a Native American with a goddamn bird on his head. In fact, the idea behind the film — that a Native American thought of as a sidekick is actually the brains of the operation — is an interesting and noble one, and it’s not like an actual Native American could’ve gotten a $215 million film greenlit. Armie Hammer is not that bad, either; he manages to deftly straddle the line between hopelessly naive and heroic, and with a better script and less handlers on the movie, he probably could’ve made something somewhat memorable.

In fact, if they’d trimmed the movie by an hour, gotten rid of the embarrassingly bad framing device, the f***ing bird, and nixed the goofy animal sequences (like Silver drinking a beer and burping, or feral CGI rabbits devouring a piece of meat), The Lone Ranger would’ve been merely a forgettable action film, rather than the wretched, nearly unwatchable film that it is.

Indeed, there might have been an interesting film buried deep within The Lone Ranger, a $40 million film, perhaps, with a quarter of the special-effects sequences, a more thoughtful director than Gore Verbinski, and one writer with a vision instead of three with a financial agenda. But then, a $40 million film wouldn’t have employed nearly as many people, would it have? Would it have been a more enjoyable, thought-provoking film that better captured what the slaughter of Native American tribes meant, rather than turning it into a plot point designed to elevate a white man and a Native American played by a white man into heroes? Sure! Absolutely! But that wouldn’t have tested well with audiences, and do you have any idea how many market researchers are employed by a $215 million film? A lot, because a $215 million investment has to be protected, and how better to protect such an investment than by rounding off all the edges and removing anything in the film that might provoke something other than slack-jawed stupor?

Johnny Depp has done something important here: He has employed a village; he has brought financial reward to talented actors; and he has given us countless action sequences in return. This is an important movie, and if you want Johnny Depp to continue to do the important work of employing America, you should buy a ticket to The Lone Ranger, not because you want it to succeed (who cares? That money has already been spent!), but because it will allow Johnny Depp to continue providing jobs to thousands of people, and scores of otherwise thankless actors, who are typically paid scale (or less) to do artistic films which they then have to spend days and days promoting. Johnny Depp has given them a handsomely-paid vacation. And, as the most expensive film of 2013, that also makes The Lone Ranger the most important one in terms of creating jobs and stimulating the Hollywood economy.

So thank you, Johnny Depp, for making this heinous, overlong, dreadful pointless piece of sh*t! The next time I see James Badge Dale or Ruth Wilson as the leads in much better films, or Stephen Root or William Fichtner in a great cable drama, I will think of the exhausting day and a half I spent in the theater watching The Lone Ranger and remember that you made their lives financially comfortable enough that they could steal a few scenes in “Boardwalk Empire” or “Justified.”



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  • Jacques Jones

    I actually liked the Lone Ranger movie. Yeah it was too long, but it's a fun movie in my humble opinion.

  • TCH

    My problem with this is that Depp is trying to do something that has already been done. Which is casting Native Americans in a human light. Both Powwow Highway and Smoke Signals already did what Depp wanted to do.

  • Tom K

    And also, a family lost someone because they died of drowning during this film. Womp womp.

  • Me

    I simply do not understand the outright hostility to this film. At absolute worst it's a mindless pop-corn movie on a par with Independence Day. But, for my money, it's better than that.

  • zaXCArnjdB

    I'm surprised that none of the reviews I've seen have compared this movie and Depp's role to Dead Man, a film I remember enjoying.

  • foolsage

    Jarmusch != Verbinski. "Dead Man" was very enjoyable, but other than the Western setting, and Depp's presence, probably had nothing at all in common with this.

  • Are we going to get an article like this for every shitty movie made from now on or is this special because ~*~ Johnny Depp ~*~

  • Mythra Sun

    Buying a ticket to support James Badge Dale and the countless other underrated supporting actors does not counteract the fact that it still supports the self important Johnny Depp cash machine.

  • Joseph Howe

    No, you reward quality, punish failure. We don't have industry that makes shoddy goods just to employ people.

  • ferryman

    General Motors?

  • Some Guy

    Zing!

  • ferryman

    Either that, or he could just be crazy as a loon!

  • maureenc

    "In fact, the idea behind the film — that a Native American thought of
    as a sidekick is actually the brains of the operation — is an
    interesting and noble one, and it’s not like an actual Native American could’ve gotten a $215 million film greenlit."

    It doesn't follow that Depp had to play a Native American, though. Depp could have played The Lone Ranger. Yes, he's completely non-quirky, but that's why it's called ACTING. I actually think a non-quirky Depp role could have served as a nice palate cleanser.

  • maureenc

    Ooh, this is interesting:

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/sha...

  • Quatermain

    I dunno, this movie review could have used a little more 'movie review' and a little less 'look how clever I am.'

  • Some Guy

    He said it sucked, what more do you need? A detailed description of what, exactly, sucked? 'Cause I think he covered that, too...

  • Alarmjaguar

    Many of those employed folks were New Mexicans. So, thanks, JD!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Anybody else have to autocorrect, every single time, that Gore Verbinski ≠ Gore Vidal?

  • e jerry powell

    For all that, though, I could just buy the ticket on Fandango and not go to see the movie at all, right?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ah, but think of the movie owners and the overpriced popcorn they must sell...

  • e jerry powell

    Because after all, the studios leave the exhibitors to fend for themselves.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Ya know, I used to dote on this site. Loved it to pieces. But reading this rather annoying self important tripe, I realized that I no longer enjoy a majority of the pieces here.

    Io9.com

    I'm telling you, read it. Vast improvement.

  • No one is forcing you to read stuff on Pajiba.

    Perhaps, you didn't catch Dustin's sarcasm and prefer io9's take on this film. Fine.

    But your comment does no service to readers or any way helpful to improving the so-called lost quality of pajiba review.

    For record, I like both sites and find time to read them because the internet is awesome and let's me pick and choose what I like.

  • RilesSD

    OHHH... I see what you did there.

  • Alberto Cox Délano

    Is it just me jumping to conclusions or is Hollywood's main problem not their unimaginative creative structure, but actually the economic incompetence of its businessmen?

    Do these people know about the concept of fallow land? Crop rotation? They should, but I guess the only thing 'crop' related Hollywood execs are acquainted with are the cycles of coca agriculture. The thing is, is not just that it is annoying to have a summer cycle of one blockbuster after another every single weekend. Is not only that smaller, innovative movies are trampled over the tentpole. The great fuck-up lies in that it unsensible financially, and we are getting to see the results. It is the blockbusters which are fagocitating one another, in particular when we see two being released at the same goddamn time. They are destined to suffer crippling box-office erosion regardless of their quality at best. This weekend, we have Despicable Me 2 steamrolling over Lone Ranger, and if we isolate the matter of which movie is more deserving of being a hit, we see a very stupid and dangerous business decision.

    It is unsustainable. And the solution is not what Lucas-Spielberg endorse (they are the ones to talk about overcrowding!), but maybe to drift away from the competitive drive behind the overcrowding. Let the land rest, maintain a healthy rotation of movie themes (Pixar, for example, will begin alternating between original and sequel fare), focus on one big tentpole for the Summer season, make the best out of it, then push forwards smaller fare (25-65 million). Diversify. Your Fucking. Portfolio. If your super-hero flick flunks, you are fucked. And don't put all ypur chips in the goddamn summer season! Think about it, Avatar becomes the biggest movie ever during the winter season, in the midst of fucking snow-storms crippling the northern hemisphere (or at least, the first-world). Similar with Titanic. The Avengers succeded in the early summer days. Even with some hefty, not-dumping-ground competition, Cameron's films were in the clear.

    Final note: If you want to stop the developing world from being piracy land, LOWER THE FUCKING PRICES. Of everything movie-related, or entertainment related. But hell, whatever happens, we will still have the BBC to enrich the media panorama.

  • PopcornAvoider

    I was under the impression that Johnny Depp is Native American. Not that it makes the movie better.

  • Bert_McGurt

    He apparently does have some Cherokee lineage, but that's not the same as being Native American. I mean, my great-grandfather was from Beirut, but if I took my viking-looking ass down there and was all like "What up, my Lebanesians?!" I'd get the bum's rush straight into the Mediterranean.

    Of course, Iron Eyes Cody (the guy below) was actually an Italian-American named Tony Corti, so there's a bit of precedent. Then again, Cody actually married a Native American lady, supported Native American causes, and basically lived as a Native American for most of his adult life.

    I guess what I'm saying is that lineage isn't enough to justify cultural expropriation.

  • Some Guy

    Depp has as much Native American blood in him as Cody and Elizabeth Warren, which is to say none at all. Warren at least has "documentation" confirming that she is all 1/32nd Native American, which isn't enough to qualify as such by tribes or the government.

    They're all fakers.

  • Return of Santitas

    Actually, contemporary Native American tribes vary in their definitions of citizenship, some use the blood quantum measurement but others use lineage without the blood requirement (Cherokee Nation for ex). But certainly a piece of paper does not represent any cultural connection to Native life. People who claim to "be" Native b/c they have a piece of paper really piss me off.

  • Some Guy

    Good review. Sad though, because of the reality of truth within the satire.

    Yes, movies like this employ lots of people. Big budget films certainly employ in the thousands, and bring money and work to the economies of not just the United States, but countless other countries throughout the world.

    But, when you take George Lucas' and Steven Spielberg's words into account: Basically, the idea that, sometime in the near future, this Hollywood system of which you speak, the one that employs thousands of people, is in for a rude shock, it changes the meaning entirely.

    The sad irony is that movies like The Lone Ranger, or John Carter, etc. etc., while doing good in the short term, are certainly doing harm in the long run because they are the product of a system that seems destined to implode, and they are the primary reason why the system is going to implode.

    When it does though, it's not going to just cause studios to hit the erase button for the last thirty years of making movies. They aren't just going to magically make the same number of films but with lower budgets. They can't go back to that system. Odds are, Lucas and Spielberg's idea that they will just raise ticket prices, only release a few large budget films a year and then let the rest go to TV or straight to video.

    When the The Lone Ranger, and movies like it, inevitably cause the whole system to burn, leaving thousands upon thousands out of work indefinitely, will we still get to blame Mr. Depp and his 20 million dollar paycheck?

  • AvaLehra

    I'm still PISSED that Armie Hammer is in this turd on wheels instead of being Finnick Odair in Catching Fire.

  • 'burque girl

    Yup this movie is going to be a big pile of crap. Here's the thing, in all the snark this review is right. New Mexico was helped immensely by the Lone Ranger. I know 7 people who got their SAG cards working on this and countless others who will be able to pay their rent for months. New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the nation and the movie industry is an enormous boon to our economy. And because the movie is such crap they whole crew and cast was called back in for re-shoots so that was even more employment. I am so proud to have a wonderful show like Breaking Bad filming in my beloved Albuquerque but I am just as thankful for the big budget shit that's shot here too.

  • Alarmjaguar

    Yay, another Burqueño on Pajiba!

  • ZombieNurse

    That bird is not a hat, it's his spirit animal. We're just lucky enough that we can see it.

  • Slash

    I've always viewed cruddy movies as, at least, sources of employment. Nobody's making me watch them. Now if only I could see TV this way, I could make my peace with seeing 25 fucking promos for the Kardashians every night, plus seemingly endless promos for whatever other terrible shows the "reality" genre has vomited up lately.

  • Samantha Klein

    *stands up and applauds*

  • Sam's Klein

    Just sit the fuck down.

  • Sirilicious

    I was excited to see Fichtner and Jaqen H'ghar in a trailer for the the new series Crossing Lines. But three episodes in, i don't think i can stand another boring episode. I love Fichtner and i really wish a stellar cable show upon him too.

  • ,

    Here’s a guy we used to associate with Terry Gilliam, Jim Jarmusch, and those quirky, gothic Tim Burton films
    ---
    What you mean "we," white man?

  • What you mean "we," white man?

    My favorite punch line - I use it on the wife any time she says "we" like to go antiquing.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Apparently Disney is selling replicas of that stupid bird-hat. You know, the one that bears absolutely no relevance, significance, or even remotely resembles accurate headwear of ANY First Nation.

    And I thought those fake headresses at Coachella were bad.

  • NateMan

    I was hoping the bird was real in some way. Not that it was a real bird superglued to his head, I mean. Just that it had some basis in reality.

  • kirbyjay

    Wellll.......he really had it on his head.

  • AnnaKendrick'sLoveMuffin

    Depp saw a painting of a Native American and liked the look. But the bird is flying behind the figure, but JD decided he was wearing it, so....

  • NateMan

    Ohhh dear... Well, it's as good a reason as any I've heard for absurd costume decisions.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    SWEET! Now I have a costume for Halloween!!! woohoo!!!

  • Bert_McGurt

    You know, Dustin completely failed to consider the work he's bringing the Halloween industry!

  • Maguita NYC

    So this is your "FUCK YEAH" to Hollywood job creation?

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Do you have any tobacco?

  • JJ

    Johnny Depp. Job Creator, Real (Native) American Hero.

  • $27019454

    Anything that gets Stephen Root into more movies is at least OK. Right??

    But I appreciate the "let's look on the bright side" attitude of this review. I think I'll inject this attitude (that's what she said) into the rest of my day. Thank you.

  • 'Needs a Root injection' should be such a stock phrase of producers by now that it should just be a sign they hold up in meetings. The man makes everything better.

  • NateMan

    Do they make plant-based porn? They must, at least in the Japanese anime variety. Hanuko Needs A Root Injection would be the perfect title for one.

  • AudioSuede

    Same for Tom Wilkinson. Ever since Michael Clayton, I've been hoping he'd finally get some real recognition, or at least a big-name film somewhere. This is at least helping him to be more awesome in the future.

  • $27019454

    Yes! See? It's going to be a good day!

  • AudioSuede

    This might be my favorite review that you've ever written. Because it's not only biting and funny, it actually made me think AND it somehow made me feel good about Hollywood blockbusters. A lesser reviewer couldn't have given me so many feels and chuckles at the same time. So good on you, Dustin, and keep up the good work.

  • foolsage

    Yes, yes, feeling and thinking are all well and good, but where are the drastic oversimplifications pandering to the undereducated? Where, in short, are the numerical ratings and/or numbers of thumbs indicated pointing up or down? That's what movie criticism is all about: reducing a work of art and a massive shared endeavor employing hundreds or even thousands of people to a single number. I know I'm not the first person to point this out here.

    It'd be nice if you put the ratings at the top or the bottom, Dustin, so we could skip directly to those. Or, wait, maybe you could put them in the article title! That way people don't even have to click on the link, to know all we need to know about the film.

  • And here I would have thought putting "The Lone Ranger" in the title would've been enough to let us all know what we need to know about the film.

  • TK

    I give this comment... the finger.

  • foolsage

    I give your gift of a finger 3 stars. The finger was tersely presented, which I appreciated. The ellipsis left me hanging for a bit (what will he give this comment? will it be flowers? a coupon? genital herpes?), but in the end my tension resolved satisfactorily. Would read again.

  • kirbyjay

    Seriously, does anyone really think that any rehashed old tv show is gonna bring anything new to the equation? The reason these retreads are retreaded is because Hollywood has no new ideas and they think the gullible public will fork over the nostalgia cash.

    May I remind you...

    Dark Shadows
    The Beverly Hillbillies
    Dennis the Menace
    The Little Rascals
    Dragnet
    Starsky and Hutch
    Bewitched

    shall I continue?
    Wild Wild West
    Inspector Gadget
    Get Smart
    The Flintstones
    The A Team
    I Spy
    Mod Squad
    more?
    Miami Vice
    Addams Family
    McHale's Navy
    Sgt. Bilko
    plus the occasional smurfs, chipmunks, underdogs, flying squirrels and their moose sidekicks
    Trash....ALL OF IT
    But as Dustin reminded us.... a lot of paychecks were cashed.

  • foolsage

    Hey now; the Addams Family movies with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston were good campy fun.

    The rest of your list, I concede, was rubbish.

    On the other hand, I submit to you that occasionally some shows are remade well, with interesting results. E.g. the American version of "The Office" was quite popular; the American remake of "Being Human" was arguably better than the original; and though I haven't seen it yet, I'm told the new "House of Cards" is better than the original. One could argue that "Lois and Clark" and "Smallville" both offered fresh takes on Superman, for that matter, and it's hard to claim that "Batman: the Animated Series" was anything but masterful, despite being a remake of quite a few previous series. Also, not to put too fine a point on it: the remake of "Battlestar Galactica" was superior to the original.

    To be clear, these are exceptions; your rule holds true the vast majority of the time, and it took some effort to come up with my list above, while it would have been very easy to add to your list. Remakes usually suck. They're "safe" choices for producers; they're known quantities. Sigh.

  • NateMan

    It's a bit sad that, at least in my recent experience, the most note-worthy exploration of Native American culture in mass media has been Assassin's Creed 3. Which not only had a Native American as its main protagonist, and shows which American heroes (like Washington) were complete shit-heels to the natives, but scripted multiple and lengthy bits of the game in their original dialects, complete with native speakers and native historians on hand to make sure they were both accurate and sensitive to native beliefs. I'm astonished it was done in a game, but very pleased they did it.

  • RilesSD

    So is AC3 NOT as horribly boring as it predecessors?

  • NateMan

    Well, I didn't find AC2 boring either - though AC1 absolutely was. I am enjoying the game a great deal, and there's a lot of history tidbits I find fascinating. It depends if that's your cup o' tea, I suppose.

  • foolsage

    It was an unusual step but a very welcome one, agreed. Ratonhnhaké:ton was an interesting character, and I loved the way we experienced Mohawk culture through him as a child. On the other hand, I felt the writers made him excessively and stereotypically dour and reticent as an adult. The game was VERY respectful of Mohawk culture and language though overall, no question. I came across a good article about it that you might find interesting:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/mi...

  • NateMan

    Thank you, I'd read a couple articles about it, but I hadn't come across that one. It's great to read an actual interview with the Native community members they had working on the project. I'd come across a couple snippets here and there, but that was much more in-depth. Good read!

  • NateMan

    I can't tell you how amused I am that this got a downvote almost instantly, particularly without a comment to go with it. Is it one of my little troll buddies, or an overprivileged white dude who can't stand the idea of Natives being treated with respect? (I suspect they're much the same thing.)

  • koko temur

    Maybe its actually a secret admirer of yours who knows how you like a good comment section brawl and wants to help keeping it fresh for you?

  • NateMan

    It's unlikely, but I appreciate the theory! :)

  • Deidra

    It's more amusing when people feel the need to point out downvotes.

  • $27019454

    I just upvoted you for that.

  • koko temur

    And i upvoted you, to cancel out the downvote you got for that! Its voteception! Braaaaam!

  • $27019454

    I love that about you!
    Upvotes all around!

  • Alan
  • cipher

    Maybe it's someone who is bored of your relentlessly downer comments and efforts to turn everything into a social statement or opportunity to talk about you you you.

  • foolsage

    Wait, what? The post in question above was neither depressing nor self-referential. Well, it was depressing in a sense I suppose, insofar as he pointed out a lack in our popular culture, but then he provided an exception to that lack. It wasn't "relentlessly downer" and wasn't about him at all.

    I find myself confused.

  • NateMan

    Riiiight, because pointing out a good portrayal of other cultures in a comment on a movie review where a white dude plays a Native (again) is such a downer. And clearly there's no room for a social discussion in a movie review where a white dude plays a Native (again). Thank the Gods I have you to point out where it's applicable. In the future I'll clear all such comments with you ahead of time.

    As for all about me... Well, I suppose it is. It was, after all, based on my experience. How self-aggrandizing.

    Really, I should have just responded with a 'Bite me,' but this was more fun.

  • kirbyjay

    Wow! That was harsh. I'm always a bit kerfluffled when someone responds to another's comments with such undisguised vitriol. Since I don't personally know any Pajibians and their lives, opinions, experiences etc.... I usually comment from my own perspective. I didn't know that was a downvote. I stand corrected. Let's talk about you, you, you Cipher.
    Keep on truckin NateMan!

  • elaine

    OK. Bite me.

    That WAS fun.

  • Hell on Wheels does a fine job of recognizing the ways the government and railroads approached (and by that I mean waged war on) the Native Americans. The actors playing them are Native American, and they are not just victims. We get to see their motivation, too.

  • Wednesday

    Yes, but that's pretty much the show's only good quality. It's really awful to sit through, and this is coming from someone who sat through seasons 1 AND 2 of "The Killing" out of pure stubbornness. I gave up on "Hell on Wheels" much sooner than that.

  • I happen to love Chris Heyerdahl (The Swede), and I think Common is very good in this, so that combination kept me watching.

  • Adam Eve

    The Canadian Chris Heyerdahl - related to Norwegian hero Thor Heyerdahl. Norwegian, not Swedish. Just thought you should know, in case you ever visit Norway. And want to get out of there alive.

  • I know. That's one of the things that irks him in the show. His character is Norwegian, but they call him The Swede because they don't know the difference.

  • Wednesday

    I agree with you on both counts. There are even other supporting characters that do a good job. But the main plot line and character and love interest are purely horrible.

  • I would say barely tolerable. But the drunk reverend is a delight, and they've taken the "hooker with a heart of gold" trope and tilted it sideways. I think I like all the people who are truly stuck between worlds and trying to figure out how to make it work more than the folks whose worlds were upended a bit but still retain their status and privilege. Which is a REALLY long winded way of saying I agree with you.

  • NateMan

    Really? That's great to hear, I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

  • koko temur

    Longmire also uses native american actors and features them heavily, in a non-native american plots. I like that quite a lot.

    it is quite tragic that the use of native american actors in plotlines where a sacred burial ground and/or a curse is the focal point, becomes noteworthy, but here we are.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    We are seeing this at the drive-in tonight. After Despicable Me 2. I don't know if The Lone Ranger gets credit for our seeing it. I wonder how much trouble you would get in for bringing booze to the drive in...

  • Batesian

    Booze? Heck, we did full-on tailgating (shout out to the Starlight in Atlanta!). Made the bad movies tolerable and the good movies even better.

  • NateMan

    That's why you use cocktails. Add vodka to lemonade and you've got one hell of a good time and won't get caught. Oh, and drink responsibly.

  • Bodhi

    That is my go-to drink. It travels extremely well

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    The question is not "how much" but "what type".

  • emmalita

    Pre-mix your drinks - vodka in the water bottle, rum and coke in the coke bottle....
    eta - didn't read far enough down to see NateMan got here before me.

  • NateMan

    I love to get it in first.

    Wait, that's not what I meant.

  • pajiba

    A double feature that includes The Lone Ranger? Is it an over-nighter?

  • Pinky McLadybits

    Oh yeah. 9:30 for the first movie and around 11:30 for the ol' Lone Ranger. That's why I slept until 10:30 this morning. That and lazy.

  • BAM

    I know this is an EXTREMELY tongue-in-cheek review, but damn if it doesn't pull at my gullible, honor-and-loyalty-loving heartstrings... Because we know that's how things go for actors right? Great things don't happen to them until great things happen to them... So the point about doing a good deed as a lover of cinema almost convinced me to sit through this piece of crap.

  • NateMan

    And hey, it looks fun. In that 'turn your brain off sort of way'. Not enough to waste money seeing it in theaters, but a Blu-Ray Redbox rental sort of scenario.

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