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Bringing The Lone Ranger to the big screen in an age when most audiences will neither know or care of the character’s history is a brave undertaking. But it’s also a logical one. Unlike with many of the summer blockbusters that set about enticing hard earned money from eager fans The Lone Ranger does not carry baggage; or saddle-baggage if you will. Imagine the furore if The Avengers (Assembled) had missed its Hulk sized target, consider the wailing and sobbing had Iron Man 3 disappointed the hard core fan base, and more so, if Kirk, Spock and crew had journeyed where no franchise should ever go! No, the strongest advantage this film has is that most people do know so little about it.

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Gore Verbinski has been the subject of some pretty ridiculous Tim Burton comparisons in recent years, based primarily on the fact that he has worked with Johnny Depp a bunch of times. There are elements of skewed oddity that might parallel the two filmmakers as well, though Verbinski has consistently mined the depth and complexity behind his quirkiness, whereas Burton’s movies play like inside jokes that are no longer funny or relevant.


Gioachino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” doesn’t appear in The Lone Ranger until well after the two-hour mark. The catchy tune only begins to play after we’ve watched a bad guy eat another man’s heart, witnessed Barry Pepper fondle Helena Bonham Carter’s ivory prosthetic leg, stared blankly as a horse drags Armie Hammer through a pile of its own manure, and raised our eyebrows as a colony of rabbits bares demonic fangs and devours another rabbit.

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Its summer so that means another 2.5 hour Gore Verbinski/Jerry Bruckheimer action spectacular with Johnny Depp acting weird. It’s not a bad film, it’s just not all that good either. Depp plays Tonto, the famous sidekick to The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer). The film opens in 1933 with a kid dressed like The Lone Ranger walking through a Wild West exhibit at a fair in San Francisco. He notices the Native American display (obviously not called that, as its 1933) and suddenly what he thought to be a wax display of an old Native American starts talking to him, calling him Kemosabe and somewhat mistaking him for The Lone Ranger. The film sets up kind of a Little Big Man (1970) vibe, what with Tonto still being alive all these years later and recounts the story of The Lone Ranger to the kid with occasional cuts back to old Tonto and the kid.

This Week On Demand

For better or for worse, everything around us has been touched by the digital revolution; it’s hard to think of a single aspect of modern life not in some way impacted by the omnipresent behemoth that is the internet. It might have taken them an embarrassingly long time to get here, but it looks as though the powers that be in the world of movies may finally be catching up with us, as streaming services seem to grow almost exponentially. Now many films are debuting online before in theatres, seasoned DVD collectors are opting for the cheaper and more convenient allure of video on demand, and a whole new world of titles that might never have found their way to our eyes before is suddenly available to all. But sometimes the selection can be daunting; trying to choose one film to view among a database of thousands is no mean feat, putting us in the position of a tiny audience of one in an almost infinite virtual video store. Not to worry though, Next Projection has got your back, and in this new weekly column I’ll not only be giving you the rundown on the latest movies available to stream, but also watching them and sorting the great from the awful so you don’t have to. So read on to find the hidden gems worth checking out, and be sure to share your thoughts on my findings. Happy streaming.