While it currently holds a 31% ‘Rotten’ rating at Rottentomatoes, what surprised me about the reviews is the viciousness of some of the critics when they attacked it. For example, the film was put into Peter Travers’ Scum Bucket for “The ten worst movies of summer 2013.” Really?
Yes, it was unnecessarily violent whether onscreen or implied, to the point where anyone under the age of fifteen probably shouldn’t be seeing it. Yes, it was too long; at the bloated length of 149 minutes, I’d say the film could have been at least 15 minutes shorter without sacrificing anything. But other than these shortcomings, the film was pretty much a Western version the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, which is perfectly fine by me. It has the same director and main star as “Pirates,” Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp respectively, and boasts the fun and excitement that propelled “Pirates” into a billion-dollar franchise. I’m not sure what more the audience can ask for.
The way in which the critics panned “The Lone Ranger” reminded me of the vitriol they used when they slammed Michael Bay’s “Transformers” films. I must say, I can’t possibly lump the two together, as the “Transformers” films, particularly 2 and 3, were much worse.
“The Lone Ranger” brought about moments of Indiana Jones-esque fun that reminds people why they go to the movies, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.