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The UnPopular Opinion: The Lone Ranger

Feb. 26, 2014by:

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

When you think about modern westerns, you are likely either thinking about smaller scale films like 3:10 TO YUMA or THE PROPOSITION rather than big budget studio films. If you are thinking of studio westerns, you are probably thinking of WILD WILD WEST and just how awful it was. But, the western is still alive and well as long as you don't let the critics sour your opinion. That is because in 2013 we got the best studio western of the last decade, maybe longer. If you are struggling to think of what movie I am referring to, I am clearly pointing at Gore Verbinski's THE LONE RANGER.

THE LONE RANGER topped my list of the most underrated movies of 2013 and for good reason. The movie is a thrill ride of the highest order and the definition of what a Hollywood popcorn movie should be. It has everything you could want in a movie, except for the universal acclaim. I was right there with everyone wondering why the hell THE LONE RANGER cost as much as it did to make, why the movie had so many production issues, and so on. In fact, I wrote off THE LONE RANGER as a lost cause before I even saw it. But, the issue of judging a movie before seeing it is a better discussion for a C'Mon Hollywood. I am here to tell you why THE LONE RANGER is a good movie.

This is the only bomb in THE LONE RANGER.

First off, it is not PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. I was just as shocked as everyone when THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL ended up being a good movie, but the issue with THE LONE RANGER is that it is marketed as being for fans of Captain Jack Sparrow or Johnny Depp in genereal. While Depp pulls off the role of Tonto well, that is mis-marketing at it's best as THE LONE RANGER is a very specific type of genre film that will not appeal to fans of pirate movies based solely on the star. While Depp is capable of selling pretty much anything, THE LONE RANGER like all westerns should be marketed on the genre. While western fans are typically not going to be enough for a movie to gross over $100 million, Disney didn't even bother to market THE LONE RANGER as an introduction to the genre for kids and movie fans who may not know that the western can be more than just cowboys and indians.

THE LONE RANGER is big budget spectacle at it's best. I can relate to those who think the budget may have gotten out of control, but why do we really care? Since TITANIC and WATERWORLD, the general public has been obsessed with movie budget versus box office. Sure, news of movie productions going overboard date back to the invention of the medium, but can we not find as much enjoyment in a cheap indie flick as we can in a big studio extravaganza? Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp came out swinging when THE LONE RANGER hit theaters based on the critics panning the film based on budget rather than content. I will always judge a movie once I see it, even if I make a snap judgement based on trailers or reviews. While I hold our critics on JoBlo.com to the highest standard, I will always go with my own personal review as should every viewer. Critical opinion is just that. Hell, you may be reading this and disagree with me. Neither of us is wrong and that is why talking movies and arguing perspective makes for great debate.

At least we weren't subjected to The Lone Ranger and Tonto dressed in drag.

At the heart of it, THE LONE RANGER is not a comedy like the trailers make it out to be. It is the movie that WILD WILD WEST wanted to be but failed miserably at. Armie Hammer is a fitting John Reid, updated and modernized to be a different type of man that becomes the masked vigilante. Some came down hard on Hammer saying he was too slapstick and weak compared to the men who have donned the hat before him. Hammer shows charisma even though he was going shoulder to shoulder with Depp which is an achievement to be noted. Taking the iconic character and changing him, but putting a relative unknown in the role is risky, especially if it falls flat. Hammer goes through a transformation over the film, going from a "city boy" to a Texas Ranger. Verbinski keeps the movie gritty and dingy, like the real West, but with a crisp and beautiful big screen feel to it. In that way, THE LONE RANGER shares a tone and visual cue with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. The biggest departure is the supporting roles.

While I loved Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, THE LONE RANGER is populated by a damn fine cast all around. From Helena Bonham Carter and James Badge Dale in minor roles that have major plot importance to the villainous turns by Barry Pepper, William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson, THE LONE RANGER is populated by A-list actors doing an awesome job without getting overly hammy in their performances. Fichtner plays his cannibalistic henchman with aplomb while Wilkinson slips right into his well-developed bad guy persona that he has put to great effect in films like BATMAN BEGINS, THE PATRIOT, and RUSH HOUR. You cannot write off any of these actors as giving cliche performances because, while they are all well recognized character types, each actor delivers their part without succumbing to copying someone before them. My biggest regret is the under-use of Ruth Wilson who could have made a damn fine strong female presence if she had only be given a little more relevance to the final plot.

This looks just like the cigar store indian from CREEPSHOW 2.

We don't even need to pretend that there is value in discussing the "racist" portrayal of Tonto because once you actually see the movie, you do realize that Depp is giving us more than a two-dimensional Indian. With the wraparound story and Tonto's quest for revenge, THE LONE RANGER both respects the Native American element of the story while not turning it into an overly-PC take on it. Depp turns in one of his better roles of the last decade in THE LONE RANGER but doesn't steal the show from the rest of the film.

In fact, what steals the show in THE LONE RANGER is the climactic train sequence. Utilizing the signature William Tell Overture from the classic series, the train scene is a masterful balance of Buster Keaton slapstick, over the top action, and top notch special effects. While THE LONE RANGER on the whole is a damn fun time, you will find your money well spent by the time this sequence rolls around. There are few moments in the entirety of the films released in 2013 that can match just how awesome this scene is. It has to be seen to be believed.

Much like JOHN CARTER before it, THE LONE RANGER suffered from the shittiest marketing Disney had to offer. Bad posters, misleading trailers, and a bad string of production issues contributed to people judging the movie before they saw it. Those that did likely were colored by outside influence. What they, and you, need to do, is push all of that aside and watch THE LONE RANGER free and clear of anything but what you see on screen. I am sure you will find fault and may still not like it, but I am pretty sure you will like it more than you expect.

Oh, and if you have any suggestions for The UnPopular Opinion I’m always happy to hear them. You can send along an email to alexmaidy@joblo.com, spell it out below, slap it up on my wall in Movie Fan Central, or send me a private message via Movie Fan Central. Provide me with as many movie suggestions as you like, with any reasoning you'd care to share, and if I agree then you may one day see it featured in this very column!
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2:22AM on 02/27/2014
I rented this movie last weekend. My wife and I were both like WTH...this actually a pretty decent film. It's not perfect but so what. That fucking horse killed me.
I rented this movie last weekend. My wife and I were both like WTH...this actually a pretty decent film. It's not perfect but so what. That fucking horse killed me.
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11:52PM on 02/26/2014

Could not agree more...

I grew up watching my parent's old Lone Ranger VHS tapes and loved the character. This movie was (for me) so much fun to watch.
I grew up watching my parent's old Lone Ranger VHS tapes and loved the character. This movie was (for me) so much fun to watch.
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8:18PM on 02/26/2014
I also thought it was much better than I expected. Didn't see this or John Carter in theaters but decided to blind buy both, was pleased with Ranger, not with Carter.
I also thought it was much better than I expected. Didn't see this or John Carter in theaters but decided to blind buy both, was pleased with Ranger, not with Carter.
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7:17PM on 02/26/2014

THANK YOU--

--this film was HIGHLY underrated...I saw it recently with my daughter and we had a blast! It was fun and adventurous-- and since the premise was that the story was being told to a young kid from the perspective of an old Tonto in the first place, ANYTHING could have happened! Just like stories told by people who lived through them, some things get glanced over...some things get blown out of proportion-- if they had marketed it this way, I think it would have had a MUCH better reception.
--this film was HIGHLY underrated...I saw it recently with my daughter and we had a blast! It was fun and adventurous-- and since the premise was that the story was being told to a young kid from the perspective of an old Tonto in the first place, ANYTHING could have happened! Just like stories told by people who lived through them, some things get glanced over...some things get blown out of proportion-- if they had marketed it this way, I think it would have had a MUCH better reception.
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6:16PM on 02/26/2014

What's With The Damned Horse?

I didn't grow up with this character at all, and am very tangentially aware of how massive it was during the show's heyday and the impact on popular culture is still felt. So reinventing the characters of the "Lone Ranger" property for modern audiences could have worked. Interpreting them as happened in this movie though, was just unbearable.

Tonto was annoying as hell, and condescending to our main character (in reality, this was the Depp show, so I guess I should state that he has
I didn't grow up with this character at all, and am very tangentially aware of how massive it was during the show's heyday and the impact on popular culture is still felt. So reinventing the characters of the "Lone Ranger" property for modern audiences could have worked. Interpreting them as happened in this movie though, was just unbearable.

Tonto was annoying as hell, and condescending to our main character (in reality, this was the Depp show, so I guess I should state that he has condescending to the title character) and that made it very hard for me to care about him. His eventual backstory only made me slap my head, as it was the most cliche and boring thing one could have done for it (oh, tragic childhood, that explains it! No, doesn't). Plus, with Depp's performance, there's nothing we haven't seen him do. This is just an amalgam of Captain Jack, Mad Hatter, etc., with a tragic backstory.

Armie Hammer wasn't bad as Reid/ Lone Ranger, but the character is so inconsistent from scene to scene (and sometimes within the same scene) that it was impossible to get a good grasp on who he was. As laid out, the character has no real arc, and that makes for a boring lead. Couple that with an annoying co-star, and I was left wondering who I was meant to like here.

William Fichtner is one of my favorite character actors (his role in "Drive Angry" kicks alll sorts of ass), but as with a lot of stuff within this movie, he doesn't fit the tone at all. His cannibalistic tendencies are just too grotesque for the rather amiable tone of everything preceding that, and the whole movie is that tonally confused at all times for me.

The action setpieces were all subpar because everything looked like CGI. The trains, the fire, none of it had any real weight or felt real. Big, glossy CGI that looks like big glossy CGI is terribly ineffective CGI (also see Burton's CGI-shiny shitfest "Alice In Wonderland").

The use and portrayal of women in this movie is just downright disgusting. The wife character is only ever a damsel in distress, and is kidnapped some 5 million times. Helena Bonham Carter was not at all needed, and her scenes just padded the already blotted running time.

Finally, what in the living fucking hell is with that horse? Is it meant to be funny that the horse was magical transporting abilities? Or that he's the real her? Seriously, all the big, typical hero 'money shots' are given to the horse. I don't get it, at all.

I was left with unlikable characters, an odd and inconsistent tone, and an overlong slogfest with terribly obvious CGI, which left everything unexciting. So why should I have liked it?
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7:15PM on 02/26/2014
You nailed it man!
You nailed it man!
6:06PM on 02/26/2014

It was decent fun

The opening half was great, the middle meh and muddled and the finale exciting. Also they could have easily chopped the whole subplot of Depp telling the stories events. It was enjoyable but let down a little by its indulgence, overall not great but definately not as bad as some said.
The opening half was great, the middle meh and muddled and the finale exciting. Also they could have easily chopped the whole subplot of Depp telling the stories events. It was enjoyable but let down a little by its indulgence, overall not great but definately not as bad as some said.
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6:06PM on 02/26/2014

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I enjoyed the film despite it's flaws. The cast was great, though I would have liked a rugged Tonto who I felt like would kick most of the tails on the screen. Depp was solid and funny, I would have liked a rugged Tonto. My issues were some of the campy or out of place things, such as the rabbits and the horse in the tree. also the train sequence at the end - the tracks and their layout made no sense. I went into the movie not expecting much and enjoyed it for what it was. I would like a
I enjoyed the film despite it's flaws. The cast was great, though I would have liked a rugged Tonto who I felt like would kick most of the tails on the screen. Depp was solid and funny, I would have liked a rugged Tonto. My issues were some of the campy or out of place things, such as the rabbits and the horse in the tree. also the train sequence at the end - the tracks and their layout made no sense. I went into the movie not expecting much and enjoyed it for what it was. I would like a sequel more in the action western genre, but like the great John Carter I doubt we will get it.
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3:45PM on 02/26/2014
As the elderly woman leaving the theater ahead of me after witnessing this debacle said "They made a mockery of my favorite show!" An inconsistent tone (its fairly violent but also goofy), Depp's unnecessarily bizarre character interpretation, no build up to the Lone Ranger's reveal, no arc for his character, too long, too much fodder and one 10 minute scene at the end does not a whole movie save. If I didn't care about the Lone Ranger's legacy I might find myself enjoying this interpretation
As the elderly woman leaving the theater ahead of me after witnessing this debacle said "They made a mockery of my favorite show!" An inconsistent tone (its fairly violent but also goofy), Depp's unnecessarily bizarre character interpretation, no build up to the Lone Ranger's reveal, no arc for his character, too long, too much fodder and one 10 minute scene at the end does not a whole movie save. If I didn't care about the Lone Ranger's legacy I might find myself enjoying this interpretation as well.
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1:07PM on 02/26/2014

3/10.

They play the theme song from the old show a few times, including the climax. But it doesn't fit with what's happening on-screen. It feels like it came from another movie. That should give you an idea of how unfaithful this adaptation is. I saw it that way, and I never even saw the show. Although the 150-minute running time is noticeable, I was never actually bored. In fact, the 1st big action sequence (the one in the train) is one of my favorites of 2013.

TONTO constantly says that "nature
They play the theme song from the old show a few times, including the climax. But it doesn't fit with what's happening on-screen. It feels like it came from another movie. That should give you an idea of how unfaithful this adaptation is. I saw it that way, and I never even saw the show. Although the 150-minute running time is noticeable, I was never actually bored. In fact, the 1st big action sequence (the one in the train) is one of my favorites of 2013.

TONTO constantly says that "nature is out of balance". What's out of balance is the tone. Whenever something funny is supposed to happen, they go to the extreme and show something very silly. And whenever something serious is supposed to happen, they go to the extreme and show something very dark.

They spend too much time showing the title character as someone clueless, that by the time we have to take him seriously as the righteous outlaw, it's almost impossible. No actor could've made him feel like a true hero, but Hammer at least made him a sympathetic and relatable character. We all love Depp when he plays goofy characters because he's so good at it. But that's not the same as goofing around in front of the camera. It felt like he wasn't taking the movie seriously. Also, when we finally learn about TONTO's past and why he is the way he is, it doesn't really matter because we never see that this adventure helped him with his inner demons. Because the 2 main characters lack development, they both felt like sidekicks. I kept waiting for the actual hero to appear. Well, at least the 2 actors have good chemistry. And that's admirable, considering that the filmmakers never show why they go from strangers who hate each other to best friends.

The movie is told as a flashback. An old TONTO is telling the story to a kid. They cut from the present to the future way too many times, and it takes us out of the story. You know why people keep mentioning the troubled production? Because it's reflected on-screen. There were obvious last minute re-edits. Spoiler alert!

I thought DANNY was going to turn out to be JOHN's son. There were hints. When they first meet, JOHN says "He looks just like his father when he was his age", and REBECCA looks to the floor. Also, when DANNY is holding a gun his hand is shaking, and REBECCA said that he has shaky fingers like his dad. But DAN had no problem shooting a gun; JOHN did.
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12:46PM on 02/26/2014
I was shocked by how much I liked this film when I saw it first, I had a blast watching it. I would give it 7/10.
But honestly the second viewing felt longer.
I was shocked by how much I liked this film when I saw it first, I had a blast watching it. I would give it 7/10.
But honestly the second viewing felt longer.
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12:44PM on 02/26/2014

The Marketing Killed This Movie

The criticisms of the movie are certainly valid -- the tone is inconsistent, Reid comes off to naive and bumbling in the early going, and it is too long. That being said once I finally saw it, despite those flaws, I absolutely loved it. Those issues weren't so great as to be bigger factors in my enjoyment than the humor, great characterization of Tonto who has an actual story rather than being a sidekick, and even the horse has character.

if the problems described are bigger issues for
The criticisms of the movie are certainly valid -- the tone is inconsistent, Reid comes off to naive and bumbling in the early going, and it is too long. That being said once I finally saw it, despite those flaws, I absolutely loved it. Those issues weren't so great as to be bigger factors in my enjoyment than the humor, great characterization of Tonto who has an actual story rather than being a sidekick, and even the horse has character.

if the problems described are bigger issues for some people, that's fair too. this is certainly a movie that can reasonably argued either way. I simply happen to be on the side that loves it.

that being said, it was the movie I was most looking forward to seeing until the trailers were released, and I thought it looked horrible. I skipped it in the theaters but have watched it several times now on video. Disney completely dropped the ball on the marketing. Reid's growth may be from naive city counselor to Lone Ranger, but you can't highlight the main character of the movie being a bumbling idiot in the marketing. That is what turned me off.
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12:42PM on 02/26/2014
100% agree with everything you said in this article. The Lone Ranger was a great movie and could have been maybe the best movie that came out in summer 2013. And you're right, the train sequence was one of the best action sequences in a movie last year. It's a shame this was marketed so poorly, because Disney would have had a great franchise to replace Pirate of the Carribean with, instead of pumping out pointless remakes of that series.
100% agree with everything you said in this article. The Lone Ranger was a great movie and could have been maybe the best movie that came out in summer 2013. And you're right, the train sequence was one of the best action sequences in a movie last year. It's a shame this was marketed so poorly, because Disney would have had a great franchise to replace Pirate of the Carribean with, instead of pumping out pointless remakes of that series.
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12:27PM on 02/26/2014

Overall 6/10

I enjoyed it. I wasn't terrible, but it wasn't amazing either. I disliked the whole frame device with old tonto, it just wasn't necessary. Also, it was way too long, it could have been cut down by 30 minutes and still have worked. Johnny Depp's performance was occasionally fun at best. Armie Hammer was decent, as was the rest of the cast. I also enjoyed the action sequences, cinematography and the awesome score.
I enjoyed it. I wasn't terrible, but it wasn't amazing either. I disliked the whole frame device with old tonto, it just wasn't necessary. Also, it was way too long, it could have been cut down by 30 minutes and still have worked. Johnny Depp's performance was occasionally fun at best. Armie Hammer was decent, as was the rest of the cast. I also enjoyed the action sequences, cinematography and the awesome score.
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11:14AM on 02/26/2014

It gets better with repeated viewings...

Even movie god Quentin Tarantino had said that the ending action sequences were the best that he'd ever seen in 2013. How can you guys argue with that?
Even movie god Quentin Tarantino had said that the ending action sequences were the best that he'd ever seen in 2013. How can you guys argue with that?
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10:52AM on 02/26/2014
I didn't see it. The reviews were and and it didn't appeal to me.
But the line you wrote "THE LONE RANGER is big budget spectacle at it's best. I can relate to those who think the budget may have gotten out of control, but why do we really care?" You see if you are going to have a HUGE budget and spectacle and special effects, why not spend a little bit on marketing? Get this film out to the right audience, so buzz and word of mouth is positive? Really this is the first time anyone has
I didn't see it. The reviews were and and it didn't appeal to me.
But the line you wrote "THE LONE RANGER is big budget spectacle at it's best. I can relate to those who think the budget may have gotten out of control, but why do we really care?" You see if you are going to have a HUGE budget and spectacle and special effects, why not spend a little bit on marketing? Get this film out to the right audience, so buzz and word of mouth is positive? Really this is the first time anyone has praised the film. Nobody I know has said to me "You've GOT to see Lone Ranger!"
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9:37AM on 02/26/2014

Are you kidding me???

I am simply baffled by the number of people who defend this piece of shit. It's way over long, tonally inconsistent (were they trying to make Blazing Saddles or Unforgiven?), and downright DULL. Johnny Depp makes an obnoxious Tonto, and the writers turn the Ranger himself into a clumsy, bumbling dolt. Under-rated my ass, this movie sucked, and rightly bombed.
I am simply baffled by the number of people who defend this piece of shit. It's way over long, tonally inconsistent (were they trying to make Blazing Saddles or Unforgiven?), and downright DULL. Johnny Depp makes an obnoxious Tonto, and the writers turn the Ranger himself into a clumsy, bumbling dolt. Under-rated my ass, this movie sucked, and rightly bombed.
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9:50AM on 02/26/2014
You nailed it saying how inconsistent it was. I went in with low expectations figuring it can't be that bad. Man was I wrong. Fucking terrible. I never thought I'd see this piece of shit in one of the UnPopular articles. This is one of the few movies I didn't even finish.
You nailed it saying how inconsistent it was. I went in with low expectations figuring it can't be that bad. Man was I wrong. Fucking terrible. I never thought I'd see this piece of shit in one of the UnPopular articles. This is one of the few movies I didn't even finish.
9:11AM on 02/26/2014
Went in with lllooowwww expectations. Came out having really enjoyed myself. I have to say that I found Depp distracting and would have liked an American Indian in the role. Having said that, it wasn't bad enough to ruin the movie for me
Went in with lllooowwww expectations. Came out having really enjoyed myself. I have to say that I found Depp distracting and would have liked an American Indian in the role. Having said that, it wasn't bad enough to ruin the movie for me
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10:53AM on 02/26/2014
Down vote? Well okay then. Indians are best played by white guys who ham it up in makeup. Better? ;)
Down vote? Well okay then. Indians are best played by white guys who ham it up in makeup. Better? ;)
8:53AM on 02/26/2014
This gets a 5.5 out of 10 for me. I think there are elements that work but overall, the tone is very jarring. The Nostalgia Chick got it absolutely right when she pointed out how troubling it was that there was slapstick and genocide within a minute of each other in this film. Also, it doesn't have any respect for the title character, so Johnny Depp exercising his executive producer clout makes Tonto the hero and makes Reid the fool. The train bits did remind me of the opening of Last Crusade
This gets a 5.5 out of 10 for me. I think there are elements that work but overall, the tone is very jarring. The Nostalgia Chick got it absolutely right when she pointed out how troubling it was that there was slapstick and genocide within a minute of each other in this film. Also, it doesn't have any respect for the title character, so Johnny Depp exercising his executive producer clout makes Tonto the hero and makes Reid the fool. The train bits did remind me of the opening of Last Crusade and that's a good thing, but I really cannot wrap my head around how this got an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects over something like Pacific Rim or Elysium.
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8:12AM on 02/26/2014
Lou Diamond Phillips as Tonto. Done. People would have gone to see it.
Lou Diamond Phillips as Tonto. Done. People would have gone to see it.
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8:10AM on 02/26/2014

Def has its flaws but..

I like this movie a lot. I'm a sucker for westerns and to me this film was fun from the start to finish. My main qualm with this movie is the damn 20 minutes of screen time the little kid at the carnival gets. I really feel like we didn't need a story to tell a story. I love GV's directing style as I think he makes some of the best looking blockbusters and I can't wait to see what he does next. I do hope Depp passes on his next project because I'm tired of him in these kinds of roles, not that
I like this movie a lot. I'm a sucker for westerns and to me this film was fun from the start to finish. My main qualm with this movie is the damn 20 minutes of screen time the little kid at the carnival gets. I really feel like we didn't need a story to tell a story. I love GV's directing style as I think he makes some of the best looking blockbusters and I can't wait to see what he does next. I do hope Depp passes on his next project because I'm tired of him in these kinds of roles, not that I thought he was bad in the movie, just want him in more high brow films.
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8:04AM on 02/26/2014

I enjoyed it...UNTIL the climactic train chase

The very idea of staging a train chase on perfectly parallel tracks is an insult. The sequence contains many lousy composite shots of Arnie Hammer riding (the background is obviously added in post). Plus, once Hammer rides onto the train he manages to stash his horse somewhere to fight a bad guy on his own two feet. The next time we see him, he's on the horse again. Beyond ridiculous!

I enjoyed the movie up to that point, actually. Can't recommend it with such a lousy ending.
The very idea of staging a train chase on perfectly parallel tracks is an insult. The sequence contains many lousy composite shots of Arnie Hammer riding (the background is obviously added in post). Plus, once Hammer rides onto the train he manages to stash his horse somewhere to fight a bad guy on his own two feet. The next time we see him, he's on the horse again. Beyond ridiculous!

I enjoyed the movie up to that point, actually. Can't recommend it with such a lousy ending.
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7:58AM on 02/26/2014
Not that it's a good western film but it's a fun, popcorn blockbuster. That's it.
Not that it's a good western film but it's a fun, popcorn blockbuster. That's it.
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7:50AM on 02/26/2014

Unpopular indeed

There are MANY reasons why it rightfully bombed but that would take an essay to write.
There are MANY reasons why it rightfully bombed but that would take an essay to write.
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7:33AM on 02/26/2014

sit down!

Its a bad film, calling it anything but is fucking retarded!!
Its a bad film, calling it anything but is fucking retarded!!
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7:07AM on 02/26/2014

Highly Underrated !

I don't understand all the hate about tjis film. It has everything I was asking for that kind of movie :
- Action
- Great Locations
- Humor
- References to great classic westerns (The good, the bad and the ugly, etc etc...)

I want more westerns !!!
I don't understand all the hate about tjis film. It has everything I was asking for that kind of movie :
- Action
- Great Locations
- Humor
- References to great classic westerns (The good, the bad and the ugly, etc etc...)

I want more westerns !!!
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7:03AM on 02/26/2014
If there's ever an Unpopular Opinion article that I can't help but agree on, it's this one.
I think this movie should be in a 'trilogy' box set along with Prince of Persia and John Carter as the decent adventure movies that Disney failed to market as the next 'Pirates of The Carribean' franchise.
If there's ever an Unpopular Opinion article that I can't help but agree on, it's this one.
I think this movie should be in a 'trilogy' box set along with Prince of Persia and John Carter as the decent adventure movies that Disney failed to market as the next 'Pirates of The Carribean' franchise.
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9:11AM on 02/26/2014
I super AGREE with you.
I super AGREE with you.
7:00AM on 02/26/2014
It's funny how everyone was hating on the film before it was even released. I'll admit even me because I hated the Pirates of the Carribbean films. For that reason they probably should have cast someone other than Johnny Depp.
It's funny how everyone was hating on the film before it was even released. I'll admit even me because I hated the Pirates of the Carribbean films. For that reason they probably should have cast someone other than Johnny Depp.
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6:56AM on 02/26/2014
The best studio western in the last decade? That's not saying much. This movie was a piece of shit and unlike some turds that you can sit through and at the very least be entertained by the spectacle, this was just dripping with boredom. There may have been an okay movie in there if they would have cut about 45 minutes of the movie. I tried watching this movie four times, two of which I was sober and when I finally gave up there was still about 30 minutes left. It was just too slow and boring
The best studio western in the last decade? That's not saying much. This movie was a piece of shit and unlike some turds that you can sit through and at the very least be entertained by the spectacle, this was just dripping with boredom. There may have been an okay movie in there if they would have cut about 45 minutes of the movie. I tried watching this movie four times, two of which I was sober and when I finally gave up there was still about 30 minutes left. It was just too slow and boring with no payoff. If you look at a movie like Deadman that is slowly paced you understand that the reason behind that slow pace is that you get payoffs along the way with memorable and entertaining characters and plot points. Especially in the case of westerns, bigger does not mean better or in this case even watchable, in my opinion.
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10:56AM on 02/26/2014
I "kinda" liked Cowboys and Aliens, because it was just campy and stupid enough to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the actors.
I "kinda" liked Cowboys and Aliens, because it was just campy and stupid enough to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the actors.
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