The Lone Ranger was pretty good. It was maybe 20 minutes too long, but the action scenes were great. Most critics are panning the film, even though they say it’s fun, but that it’s long and over done. I agree only in part, because I think the movie is ultimately supposed to be fun, so the critics should be recommending it based on that.
The film has also gotten a lot of flak because of the whitewashing of Tonto. It did bother me a little that Depp was playing a Native American, but I was expecting them to play it off like the character was adopted into the tribe or something. And even if you say “well, Depp is part Cherokee,” he doesn’t even really know. I probably have as much or more Cherokee blood in me. I read a quote that he was trying to break away from Native American stereotypes in films. I don’t see how he could be successful at that. He still spoke in stereotypical stilted English, displayed ambiguous mysticism…
In the 50′s, the Lone Ranger TV show at least cast Jay Silverheels, who was Mohawk. Making Tonto partly white seems like a step in the wrong direction.
I’ve also heard criticism that the scenery in the film is nothing like Texas (and it was mostly filmed in New Mexico (and some Utah, Colorado and Arizona). Maybe that can be explained away somehow.
At the end of the day, it’s Johnny Depp’s ethnicity that affects my opinion of the film, though I liked everything else and thought it was fun. It’s not quite to the caliber of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Oh, wait… there was something else offputting in the movie: carnivorous bunnies. How did they belong?