The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Rating: 2.75 of 5 ★★¾☆☆ 


My Lone Ranger review or, an examination of when trailers lie.

And I have to admit it’s not often that I’ll watch a trailer and get the tone of a movie so wrong. Even when they hedge around the edges of a story, usually I can spot it. But this was a master job of misdirection. The trailers suggested a family movie with outlandish action, a little danger, and a story full of farce and horses and trains.

This was certainly NOT a fun family movie. It manages to be PG-13 but only by showing a dark reflection of the villain eating someone’s heart instead of actually showing it. What did they think they were making, Last of the Mohicans?

But I suppose the trailers had to lie, because if they’d conveyed the contrast of a whimsy tone and a disturbing story they’d never have covered their budget.

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