The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger ★★★

like all of verbinski's films post-pirates 1, this is overproduced and too long. i have major sympathies with its thematic ambitions to be critical of western narratives about progress and the treatment of natives by americans but i'm also skeptical of the obviously problematic johnny depp casting. the second act drags incredibly hard to the point of exhaustion but the beginning and ending train setpieces are pitch perfect. idk, it's a film with a lot of contradictory elements. i'm glad it exists and i really hope that verbinski gets to do another big blockbuster again, his might not always be perfect but they're always interesting.

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