ACiD WESTERNS: THE LONE RANGER!!
He rode again…only with more reason & much more finesse. It’s not a remake of the television series–but goes where no television series of that era dared even take a peek, let alone take one giant step for mankind. This film took us to the moon while still here on Planet Earth, direct from Planet Hollywood.
Tonto, rather than being the side-kick, was the top banana in a film that really took deep breaths during its two & a half hour journey & gave our cultural map a serious going over, but did so by employing skillful use of the sardonic & second helpings with generous doses of sarcasm.
The Manifest Destiny theme showed how the West was really won. It was not won, it was stolen. The buffalo were there to be shot at & the native inhabitants were at best a nuisance. At worst, they were subjected to near annihilation. The compromise ended up being the Reservation System, not the subject matter of the script, but common knowledge for anyone who has seriously studied American history.
I am grateful that Jesse Hawthorne Ficks included THE LONE RANGER in this lineup of ACiD WESTERNS. I did not have time to take it in during its all-too-brief theatrical release. Those critics who lambasted it were just plain wrong. The film ranks up there with Able Gance’s Napoleon, Epic, but funny. You get the accidental meetup of two men who forge an unlikely friendship that just works. They evolve into caring about each other, faced with bizarre circumstances that brought them a sort of involuntary cult status, as crime fighters. Good guys who don’t really look the part.
The arrangement of the William Tell Overture, brought in during a ludicrous scene with Armie Hammer riding Silver on top of the moving train was theatrical, over-the-top brilliance. And Johnny Depp, Tonto. He was splendid in a role that was meant to be. It’s just too bad that others in a position to help this film along, withdrew their support. The film went by quickly, and these two guys were loveable & enjoyable characters in a world gone ACiD MAD due to the misplaced values of the Industrial Revolution & technology without humane compassion. Get this, and you get the film.
Maybe Paramount is calling me, but I can’t print that in a review about a film from Disney Studios.
There comes a time when a good man must wear a mask…
The Unexamined Life Of The Wild West—
Soldiers were sent to make peace with the Indians.