On paper and in the marketing blitz that preceded its leaden debut Wednesday, The Lone Ranger had the trappings of a runaway hit.
By the end of Wednesday, the $225 million film was off the rails. The Johnny Depp vehicle earned an abysmal $29 million through July Fourth and finished the usually lucrative holiday weekend with $49 million.
The Lone Ranger is sucking hind teat for the same reason most of Hollywood is circling the drain: It is leftist propaganda.
And the story… I haven’t seen this film, but reviewers consistently tell the tale of a Tonto-centric film with a deluded idiot Lone Ranger who is idealistic and ignorant, with a wise, omni-competent Tonto. The entire story is about Tonto “setting the record straight” in 1933 talking to kids about the real old west. The US military is evil and corrupt and incompetent, so horrible you cheer for the Indians who come to the real rescue. The white man is consistently awful and wicked. Cowboys were monsters, settlers were awful, on and on it goes.
From what I’ve read, its like Howard Zinn wrote the screenplay. I guess the people behind the film thought it would be all clever and ironic to turn the Lone Ranger on its head – after all it worked so well for Green Hornet… oh yeah – and maybe they figured a movie that kicks America in the pills for two hours in its most beloved historical era would do well overseas.
Maybe if Hollywood directors and producers would stop making movies to impress each other and start making movies for Americans they would stop losing their asses.