While Johnny Depp saw major success with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, his newest movie, “The Lone Ranger,” which was directed and produced by the same filmmakers as “Pirates,” could be Disney’s biggest financial flop since “John Carter” last year.
Critics have blasted the 1950s TV show remake because of its length and its failure to stay true to its source material. Depp’s portrayal of Tonto is also said to be merely a rehashed version of Jack Sparrow in Native American form. Many feel the film “was made by Disney simply so that it could be turned into an amusement ride,” reports CBS News.
Here’s what some critics are saying:
-Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter: "This attempt for another 'Pirates of the Carribean'-scaled series tries to have it too many ways tonally, resulting in a work that wobbles and thrashes all over the place."
-Claudia Puig, USA Today: "'The Lone Ranger' is a boisterous, relentless production, long on action but short on fun."
-Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times: "Hammer is charming but bland, and Depp, hidden behind a mask of makeup, mostly gives Tonto a deadpan dignity; their often rote interactions don't justify the film's two-and-a-half-hour running time."
-Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York: "It's all too much and not enough – a succession of disparate, can-you-top-this episodes inelegantly piling up like skidding cars on a freeway."
-Alfonso Duralde, The Wrap: "'The Lone Ranger' is a drag as an action movie, it's not funny in its attempts at self-parody, and it feels like a Western made by people working off a checklist of tropes without ever really understanding the genre. Verbinski and his writers have taken a promising idea and put a silver bullet in its head."
With such negative reviews and opening the same weekend as Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 2,” Disney could have a tough time turning “The Lone Ranger” into a box office success.
The film premieres Wednesday.
Source: CBS News