The Legend of the Lone Ranger Reviews
September 24, 2008
Christopher Lloyd helps to keep this fun, but Spilsbury doesn't provide any life.
August 11, 2008
This is a retelling of The Lone Ranger's origin, only the upped the action and added a romantic interest. Eeeewwwww, The Lone Ranger's kissing a girl. Gross!
April 17, 2014
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(1981) The Legend Of The Lone Ranger
It's exactly what the title says, which this movie shows only the 'legend' of this fictionalize character they would call an entertaining movie. That the Lone Ranger doesn't even put on the mask until after an entire hour, after a single person slaughtered his family as well as many others, including Tonto's. Viewers never understood the reasoning why this main bad guy wearing black, by the name of Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish (Christopher Lloyd) went on a slaughter spree, and still be able to get away with it. And that it wasn't until it took many years after which is way into the movie viewers finally get to learn that it was all a part of his master plan for a railway to be built there, so that he can plan to kidnap the current President of the United States by the name of President Grant(Jason Robards). When I was watching it, there were times that it almost felt like the MPAA was part of the film making process since Cavendish was allowed to kill many people, but by the time civilian, John Reid (Klinton Spilsbury) finally put on that mask on to become the Lone Ranger, he hardly does jack except shoot a few guns out of peoples hands. Do viewers really think that was worth seeing for if anyone were to watch a lot of Westerns would require much more practice than to fire at some arrows. Tonto just goes, here are some silver bullets- you will be able to shoot better with these. And I'm like 'Are you kidding me?'. We don't even get to see how these bullets are even made in the first place, nor know how Tonto even got these bullets. And when President Grant was finally kidnapped while riding on a train, this happened with only two people on board, and that is with Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill.
And the final payoff wasn't even that great either, which has President Grant, The Lone Ranger and Tonto all planting and then manage to trigger all the dynamite several different places they had lighted with a match all at the same time. How is this even possible, for this movie also defies science. Even Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock with the small air time that they had had killed more people than the Lone Ranger. The only thing I can give credit to is that one particular stunt that occurred sometime during the beginning with stunt man Terry Leonard performing the same stunt as John Ford's 1939 movie "Stagecoach" regarding sliding underneath a stagecoach, which was done again underneath a truck in Steven Spielberg's 1981 film 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark'.
1 star out of 4
July 13, 2013
A generally entertaining genesis story of one of American literature's most enduring characters, though it was irrationally slaughtered by critics and fans of the Clayton Moore television series (1949-51, 1954-57).
Klinton Spilsbury (in his only acting credit and whose voice was dubbed by James Keach) is fine as our masked hero without being exceptional, though Junanin Clay is a rather boring love interest and Christopher Lloyd grabs all of the attention as the villain of the piece.
Merle Haggard's musical narration might not be appreciated by all (it was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award), but there's no denying the impact of THAT theme song.
August 17, 2013
A faithful retelling of the story, with solid performances all around, including Klinton Spilsbury. With a rousing John Barry score and narration by Merle Haggard, this film deserves a second chance and re-evaluation after Johnny Depp's Vanity Project. Anyone watching this to contract Depp's 2013 train wreck will find a lot to like here. Let's get this out on DVD and John Barry's score out on CD!
July 7, 2013
The new version of this tale starring Johnny Depp may not be a good movie but it at least generates more excitement than this lifeless production does.
April 18, 2013
While the dubbing of the lead man is poor, and some story elements and characters go nowhere (like the love interest, or that Wild Bill, Custer and 'Buffalo' Cody are riding with President Grant), this infamous take on the iconic Western avenger is not all that bad, thanks to competent direction from veteran Fraker, some fun set pieces like the battle in Cavendish's fort, and a capable supporting cast, with Robards as a humorously drunken Grant and Lloyd as the bandit-turned-dictator Cavendish).
August 21, 2011
"What happened to all the buffalo?"
Synopsis: Discover how the Lone Ranger rose to mythical status in the Wild West in this thrilling adventure. His thirst for justice may have begun as early as his adolescent years, when his parents were murdered.
The Legend of The Lone Ranger was major box-office failure, and for good reason, it's not particularly good, though depending on your experience it could be either ho-hum, or a incompetent piece of cinema. I personally found enough noteworthy material to keep the film at least half-heartedly interesting. John Barry's score is rather pleasant (though he should have written an original Lone Ranger theme, rather than use the traditional William Tell overture, as it sticks out like a sore thumb, and just doesn't belong in the film) and there are some solid logistics in most of the action sequences, as well as some interesting work by some of the actors.
But most, if not all, of these positives are hampered by negatives that detract from the experience. The film as a whole is not filmed very well, and in one action scene you can even see the catapult used to flip an actor in the air after an explosion, but thats a rather insignificant flaw compared to the dull and unremarkable images captured in a beautiful land with plenty of memorable vistas. The acting by Spilsburg and his character's love interest are well below average, making it hard to even believe this tale let alone fall in love with it. Though the picture's biggest weight is it's poor dialogue, it's amateurish, grating, and displays it's only intent of rebooting a potentially profitable franchise, all too blatantly.
Though it's not all bad, even though it has a lot of incompetent talent in it's credits, The Legend of The Lone Ranger is still a wooden experience that's hard to recommend, especially when it was done way better by Spielberg with Raiders of The Lost Ark released the very same year.
July 18, 2010
Despite the bad rep this movie had prior to it's release, it's a fantastic piece of work and it lives up to it's legend. If you're a fan of The Lone Ranger or a fan of westerns, definitely give this a look. The Add to you Queue button is right above this review. A+.
October 22, 2008
I thought it was good, it was action packed and who cares if it didn't follow the already established lone ranger history? Based on its own merits, it is ok. I saw it when I was 13 and I thought it was awesome.