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  • Graeme O’Neil
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    #104223

    I couldn’t find a thread about this one, so thought I’d start one. Big July 4 action flick is “The Lone Ranger” with Johnny Depp trying to resurrect another Disney staple.

    Saw the flick last night. Here’s my review:
    http://onthegointo.com/?p=8092

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    Scottferguson
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    #104225

    Minor note – The Lone Rider isn’t a Disney staple. This is to my knowledge the first time they have ever done anything with the character.

    The character originated on a Pittsburgh radio station in the 1930s. Republic Pictures popularized him in some serial movies in the 1940s, the ABC (which was not owned by Disney then) started the successful TV series in 1949, followed by 2 movies released by Warner Bros. Universal produced a movie in 1981. Warner Bros. did a TV movie in 2003.

    The Gore Verbinski film brings Disney into the equation for the first time.

    The major DIsney attempt at a Western/frontier character was Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, played by Fess Parker on TV and a couple movies, which was a huge hit in the mid to late 1950s, and as I recall included in the original Disneyland (not sure how heavily part of the parks today).

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    BenitoDelicias
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    #104226

    Is anybody excited for this film? The trailers are lame, posters are awful and does the world really need ANOTHER Jhonny Depp film where he wears white makeup with Helena Bonham Carter looking like she’s playing the exact same part as always as his co-star? How many of those are we going to get? (Alice, Wonka, Sweeney Todd, Dark Shadows). I still don’t know how Tim Burton missed this one to complete the tiresome combo, maybe because there seems to be a lot of daylight in the film.
     

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    BrokenFan
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    #104227

    It really makes me wonder why they chose this particular character to make a movie about. Who has heard of The Lone Ranger before? Is/Was it a popular figure “back in the days”? or is Hollywood just running out of ideas?

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    Scottferguson
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    The Lone Ranger was huge on radio in the 1930s/40s, then one of the first important network TV series (it started before I Love Lucy), then played heavily on repeats through the 1960s. It really hasn’t been a big deal since – the 1981 Universal movie flopped, other minor attempts since haven’t really taken.

    But you have to be over 50 for it to really resonate.

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    Baby Clyde
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    #104229

    Is anybody excited for this film? The trailers are lame, posters are awful and does the world really need ANOTHER Jhonny Depp film where he wears white makeup with Helena Bonham Carter looking like she’s playing the exact same part as always as his co-star? How many of those are we going to get? (Alice, Wonka, Sweeney Todd, Dark Shadows). I still don’t know how Tim Burton missed this one to complete the tiresome combo, maybe because there seems to be a lot of daylight in the film.
     

    All of this^^^

    Both Depp and Bonham Carter are very good actors wasting their careers playing stupid caricatures. Depp in particular has been doing the same old schtick in nearly every film for 20 years now. Would it really kill him to try and play a real person for once? I’m so tired of his idiotic mugging.

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    outsider
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    #104230

    The trailer isn’t necessarily representative of the movie but Johnny Depp looks Razzie worthy in this which breaks my heart.

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    Baby Clyde
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    #104231

    He’d have about 5 Razzies by now if it was up to me.

    I really like Johnny Depp in principle, but he stopped ‘acting’ years ago.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    #104232

    I remember watching reruns of this show when I was very young but the feelings of nostalgia will not get my booty in the seat. 

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    Scottferguson
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    #104233

    It was an iconic show (hardly great – the limitations of early TV have kept it from being seen much today – very similar to the Superman TV series, which it overlapped with).

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    Andrew Eng
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    #104234

    What I got from the trailer is Johnny Depp looks to be playing Captain Jack Sparrow again, in a costume that is almost identiical to POTC as well. His wig/makeup/headpiece looks eerily like Captain Jack. 

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    #104235

    Sorry, Scottferguson, yeah you got me. I shouldn’t have used the phrase “Disney staple”. I realize The Lone Ranger isn’t a long-term Disney acquisition. Was just trying to imply that it’s another dormant property that Disney is trying to resurrect.

    And, to the others, Depp is pretty fantastic in this as usual. It’s the rest of the film around him that is lackluster. He’s about as good as he could be with what he has to work with. 

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    Scottferguson
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    #104236

    Just didn’t know if you were thinking of Davy Crockett. As others have said, a lot of people aren’t familiar with the Lone Ranger. No intention of “getting” you.

    You seem to have scooped the world with this review.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    #104237

    You don’t have to be 50 or over to remember The Lone Ranger.

    I wasn’t paying attention to the movie because of my post above, I’m tired of these people, but months ago somebody asked me “there’s a Llanero Solitario movie coming out?” and I was like “No shit! That’s the The Lone Ranger?”. So a long, long time ago I knew who he was and what the show was, I just didn’t make the connection/translation and I had forgotten about the show completely. I’m 30 now, so apparently this was on when me and a lot of my friends who are close in age watched it.

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    vinny
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    #104238

    I actually have the original show on DVD and I am 23 years old. It’s such a classic show that I used to watch with my grandpa (well that and Bonanza) so I really like it. This movie looks good.

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