In the recent years of Hollywood cinema, it would seem that there really are only two schools of thought when making a movie, and that is to either go big or be smart. With all the upcoming potential blockbusters set to release in 2013, the likes of World War Z and Pacific Rim, it is safe to say that 2013 is set to be a year of BIG movies. But one of the titles I was exceptionally excited to see come about was The Lone Ranger because you really can't go "Transformers" on a remake of a western. That would just be awkward. The only option available it would seem is to be smart, and that was enough to excite me. A smart Lone Ranger flick, remade to be culturally relevant to today's youth while still appealing to those of us old enough to remember the original, but young enough to appreciate where a reimagining might take us. Exciting, interesting, and a fresh splash of "Yay! A movie whose plot progression won't be determined by the size of it's explosions!"
But then that excitement very quickly turned in to a dull disappointment the moment I found out the director at the helm was the one and only . Now don't get me wrong, the guy knows how to make an entertaining movie, and I am certainly not taking that away from him, but he is one of the last directors I would have picked to make this movie! I imagine it is much like hiring to direct the next Jaws Sequel. I love me some Kevin Smith, but you just wouldn't do it. But hey, okay, benefit of the doubt, he has a pretty varied repertoire what with The Ring, The Mexican, and of course The Pirates of the Caribbean, so just maybe he can pull a new trick out of his hat. But then everything I learned about the movie after that, piece by piece, turned my disappointment in to disinterest. First and foremost, the casting choices seem to have been made almost entirely on familiarity and... uh... actually, I have no idea how Armie Hammer was even cast as the Lone Ranger. Secondly, judging from the trailers, the movie really seems to be a Pirates of the Caribbean for the Wild West, which I suppose in and of itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. It could be worse (steam punk Will Smith anyone?). And lastly, it is $215 million dollars in and went grossly over budget something like half way in to production! I am known to be a bit of a skeptic (though like most skeptics I prefer the term "realist"), but how many films (action especially) that went way over budget mid-way through production ever turned out to be fantastic and memorable films? It can't be very many.
All in all, I have went from being excited at the prospective adventure, to disappointed in the reality, and ultimately disinterested in the outcome. But, strangely enough, I like it this way. Much the same way you are wise not to read a book before watching the film adaption, the same is true for seeing films you have come to expect pretty much nothing from. Because despite everything I have said, the talent involved in this film is still enormous. And in the end, I am still going to see this film, if for nothing more than to find out if I will be picking my popcorn out of the hair of the person in front of me because I am furious I paid the money, or ecstatic that I was wrong to have doubted.