by William Wells


The Lone Ranger is a movie directed by Gore Verbinski. It was released in summer of 2013. People had a desire to see it, as it made nearly $30 million in the opening weekend alone. I wanted to see it for two reasons. One, I knew that Jonny Depp played as Tonto, and two, I had seen the old episodes and wanted to see if the movie producers screwed up this remake as well as previous remakes. The main part, John Reid (AKA The Lone Ranger), was played by Armie Hammer.

The Lone Ranger has had many critical reviews that would give it a low to medium score, despite the popularity it brought to the table. This movie especially criticized for how long it was, which was about two and a half hours. A good movie will have a strong storyline that is easy to follow and be entertained with. Supporting a storyline is music. Music is what sets the tone of each scene. Actors play a huge role in whether or not the movie will be entertaining. If you do not have good actors that know their part, your movie will not be successful.

When I am browsing for a movie to watch, either on Netflix, Hulu or through a DVD collection, I am usually only going to be seeing the title of the movie. I’ll then flip to the next one, and the next one, and the next one. The only thing I am taking in is the title. A movie needs a title that captures a person’s immediate attention. The Lone Ranger was a title that caught my attention the first time I saw it. It shined out to me in a way that other movies didn’t. I had seen older versions of The Lone Ranger. That made this particular title good, because I had seen it before. If the producers had changed the title, I would not have noticed it and would’ve probably kept flipping through after seeing it.

When I sit down to watch a movie, I want to spend no more than two hours at a time. After two hours, I tend to start getting fidgety and bored. I enjoy movies, but more than two hours is really pushing it. The Lone Ranger was too long. I was really interested during the first hour to about the beginning of the second hour. But as the time started to pass 120 minutes, I began to be distracted. I watched the time, checked my phone and started a conversation with the person next to me, who was equally bored. Because of that, I missed most of the last half hour. The Lone Ranger did, in fact, equal 149 minutes. That is too long for an effective movie. Good movies know when to stop.

The point of a movie is to tell a story. The storyline of a movie is the most important part. Acting, special effects, music, all of these attributes have to have a strong foundation. That is where the storyline comes in. The most important job of movie storylines, and to be more specific, scripts, is to see that the scenes flow together. I have seen movies where the scenes “skip” between each other; that confuses the person watching. The Lone Ranger had a decent storyline. I would give it a seven out of ten. It flowed really well, and I was able to follow the story through most of the movie. But there were a few small instances where I had to stop, and think about what was happening. For the most part, the scenes were seamless. I wasn’t really confused as to what was happening. It didn’t “skip” between scenes, leaving viewers to guess at the in between parts.

Music is a huge part of movies. It sets the tone/mood of a particular scene. I didn’t used to realize how important music was in a movie. But if you take the music out, you’ll get a pretty boring movie. Great movie titles like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, all have very well put together music. The Lone Ranger had decent music. It did its job, supporting the storyline and setting tones, but I didn’t come away from watching it remembering certain tracks, like I did with other titles.

Actors, obviously, play a major part in a movie production. They bring what is on paper to life. You could have a state of the art script; and have the greatest music producers in the world come, but if you don’t have good actors, it will not be a good movie. The actor is what people see first; they are on the forefront of everyone’s mind. The Lone Ranger had a wide variety of experienced actors. Jonny Depp, the most well-known actor of the group, not only played his part, but he knew his part. Good actors understand their character. All of the acting in The Lone Ranger was decent. Everyone knew their character well enough to make an audience believe that they were that character.

Although The Lone Ranger complies with most of what makes an excellent movie, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped. I really liked what they did, in terms of the storyline and especially music, but it was way too long. The length of a movie is a “make it, or break it” element for me. The Lone Ranger was just too long. I lost interest in it too early. I would suggest that Gore Verbinski should have condensed it, to make it fit between 1.5 and 2 hours. It was a good movie, but it did have flaws that would stop me from recommending it.


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