Skip to comments.‘The Lone Ranger:’ Will dredging up dead genres continue to pay off for Disney?
Posted on 07/03/2013 12:05:23 PM PDT by Perdogg
Youve got to hand it to Walt Disney Pictures. They took what was basically an extinct genre the pirate movie and spun the multi-billion dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise out of it. Take that, Cutthroat Island!
The House of Mouse is hoping to continue that lucrative trend of genre resurrection with Pirates director Gore Verbinskis latest offering The Lone Ranger, a theme park-like Western grab bag starring Armie Hammer as the titular hero and -- you guessed it -- Johnny Depp as his Native American partner Tonto.
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The last western I saw at a theatre was “Unforgiven”
Pirates was banking on a tie in to a major attraction at Disney (like the near bomb Haunted Mansion.)
This is trying to bank on a franchise that few under 40 have ever experienced. The only way this one works out profitably for Disney is if they made an entertaining movie (see Haunted Mansion.)
i thought the indians were all pissed off about white guys playing indians, did liberals get a free pass card on this?
It’s already tanking. This movie was a disaster from the day they started filming. In fact, it was almost cancelled because of the projected budget but costs were reined in. It still cost 250 million to produce. Disney is going to eat a huge loss.
I would rather see a big sky western in a theater than some CGI stuff suitable for Ipad.
That was a good one. I think we own it.
Silverado is still a favorite.
I even liked Depp in Deadman, even if it was in black and white.
Don't they always? Let's ask Alec Baldwin how it feels to lose all those endorsement deals over calling a British reporter a "toxic little queen." Oh wait.
Johnny Depp is the draw. But how the movie maneuvers through the the twin booby traps of postmodern “sensibilities” and political correctness is what may make me rent it when it’s available through Netflix. The old cowboys vs. Indians formula is dead as the dodo and can never be resuscitated.
Hi-Yo, Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi-Yo Silver"... The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto,...
With his faithful Native American partner, Tonto..."
I didn’t even know the indian guy was Depp. I couldn’t recognize him under all that plus the weird headdress they put on him with the crow.
A critic on Fox & Friends really slammed this movie this morning and said that no children should see it. He said the begginning and the end were solid, but the middle was incredibly violent. He didn’t know how it got a PG13 rating.
When I saw the previews for the movie, I thought it was a joke. Who would cast a flimsy metrosexual to play a cowboy hero?
I just cannot stand the overuse of special effects and the superhuman theatrics in today’s movies. It just gets more ludicrous as time goes on. Since nobody today can act they either have to strip or blow stuff up.
(yeah, I'm P.O.ed that they screwed that one royally, too. I have all 11 books -- they could've been set for a couple decades.)
The same people who cast a flimsy metrosexual (Brandon Routh) to play Superman in Superman Returns?
There was never much of any “pirate movie” genre.
Pirates of the Carribean was a Disney ride. I fear what the ride is now, since this overwrought movie franchise took over. Probably completely reconfigured the old ride to reflect weird stuff in the movies.
Does it matter? They have “Star Wars” now. It’s basically a license to print money.
They could kill that goose trying to get to the golden egg too.
>>The last western I saw at a theatre was Unforgiven
That’s the only Clint Eastwood movie since 1973 that I didn’t see at the theatre. I was pushing Poseidon missiles around under the Irish Sea when it was in theatres. (OK. Unforgiven and Bridges of Madison County, but was Bridges a real Eastwood movie?)
To me he looks like a South American “native” medicine man.
That throws me off enough.
I might be just a poor schmuck and not a bigshot Hollywood producer, but that doesn't sound like a winning formula on the screen or as a business model.
It has a prostitute in it. Thus do I know just from the previews it is not a kid’s movie.
Nothing is ever made to inspire kids with the right motives or actions anymore.
“Once Upon a Time in the West.” Best western ever...great stars.
Yes...and one of the best soundtracks ever.
I remember a Saturday afternoon in the ‘50s when there was not a young boy to be found playing outside in my neighborhood. Everyone was at somebody’s house (only a few had a TV) watching the first TV run of “The Legend of the Lone Ranger.”
If they had done it right and not caved to every PC impulse, this might have paid off handsomely for them indeed.
Johnny Depp is claiming partial Indian heritage of indeterminate origin.
Has anyone on this thread actually seen the movie?
With his faithful Native American partner, Tonto..."
>> Sounds "gay".
Smells like a remake.
< /Lenny Bruce >
My 2 best “modern” westerns aside from Clint’s are “Open Range” and “Tombstone”.
Logic and reason don't play well with a lot of people here.
They have that covered. Believe it or not, some Indian tribe inducted Johnny Depp as a member earlier this year. At least someone in Hollywood was thinking ahead.
I’ll probably wait till it comes out on Redbox and rent it for a dollar. It takes a lot for Hollywood to convince me something is worth going to see at the movies anymore.
I can’t stand to even watch the ads for this clunker. The Lone Ranger in a three piece suit!!?? And a mask? Looks like a Wall St. banker.
“Open Range” is my absolute favorite. I love “Unforgiven”, etc, but nobody plays a cowboy as well as Robert Duvall...:)
Favorite scene: When Robert Duvall wakes the chloroformed deputies and sheriff up with a nasty violin concerto and cowboy-booted tap dance...:)
Not unless they stop whimpifying any white male that shows up on the screen.
Robert Duvall’s speech in the bar with Costner and the sheriff about a man’s right to his own property, by rumor, was ad-lib as he is a closet libertarian. Duvall on the set, didn’t like it that they were filming in canada when he thought they should hire American actors, which pissed off the local canadian media.
Duvall has had quite a career, starring in both the Godfather and Lonesome Dove. Amazing.
Another movie I loved him in was “Secondhand Lion”
A very versatile actor!
This year’s ‘John Carter’...
I rode it in California years ago, and I recently road the one in Florida. It’s different, but not too horrible. There is a lot of “Johnny Depp” or whatever his name is in the new/reconfigured ride.
No one is sure just WHAT (injun, paleface, alien, JarJar Binks long lost cousin, ???) Johnny Depp really IS!
I bought Fist Full of Dollars DVD at a garage sale for a buck. Love Eastwood movies in general, never saw it, took a chance. Loved it. Best value for a dollar I can remember.
Natches, In this version he's a constititional lawyer. eddicated at Harvard Law.
Now I understand why Depp wears enough paint to hide his face.
The weekly hate movie thread. Just don’t see the damn movie if it makes you so upset. Free Republic has turned into a teen site for some reason. What is next? See which actress has the biggest boobs?