My husband and I went to see the new Lone Ranger release by Disney on the Monday evening following the Fourth of July weekend. The film was released on July third, and we waited because neither of us likes crowds. We loved it, and were both surprised to find that it wasn’t doing well at the box office.
So I did a little research, and I found out that the Lone Ranger was a radio program in 1948! Now, I don’t remember the radio deal—I was only two! However, I do remember faithfully watching the TV series as a child in the 1950’s. Okay, I figure it had to be a generational thing.
I have to admit that the plots in those days were of little interest to me. My fascination was always with the equine stars of the day, and I could name them all. Silver and Scout were among my favorites.
I’m not so sure what Clayton Moore, the TV series masked avenger, would think of Arnie Hamer’s rendition of John Ried. I found it a refreshing revival of the serious character that I remember. I think that Jay Silverheels would appreciate Jonny Depp’s interpretation of Tonto. (Note: the photo with this post are of the stars of the 1950s TV program)
I don’t usually review movies, but this is a really good movie that is getting a bad rap on Fox and in some critic’s columns, and I felt a need to share my experience with my followers and equine loving friends.
As a horsewoman I absolutely loved the spirit horse that chose John Ried. The horse and Tonto kept me shaking my head and trying not to laugh too loudly. I wasn’t alone in trying to suppress my humor; snickers and laughter erupted frequently among the audience in the theater. The special effects allowed the white spirit horse to do things that no normal equine could possibly do.
The story has an interesting plot and some surprising twists and turns. Some of the humor in certain places was totally missed by the younger members in the audience, but the grandparents among the audience didn’t miss the occasional tongue in cheek references to the old TV series that we grew up with.
No spoilers here, but I would pay to see it again, and will add it to my collection when the Lone Ranger comes out on DVD. I rate this five stars, and to heck with the critics.
If you saw this movie please comment and let me know your thoughts.
“Hi Ho Silver and Away!”