I love epic westerns. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of my all-time favorite films. I also adore Once Upon a Time in the West and obviously The Searchers is an undisputed classic. They’re epic not only because of their length and how they take in the awe-inspiring scenery, but also in the grand motives of the characters, the sweep of their journey, and the conflict along the way. The Lone Ranger isn’t epic; it’s just really damn long. The flabby screenplay moves at half-speed while undeveloped characters slog through predictable motions and forced quirkiness, all of which is trapped in an erratic tone that swerves from kookiness to uncomfortably somber. Even the few redeeming aspects like Armie Hammer‘s endearing performance and director Gore Verbinski‘s skill at putting together set pieces can’t stop the film from feeling like being dragged through the desert rather than a rousing ride through canyons and vistas. READ MORE...


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