★★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2019
A fun quirky western in the spirit of Pirates of the Caribbean (they share the same director/producer Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio as well as actor Johnny Depp). I really can’t figure out why it bombed at the box office. Perhaps because it’s a bit over-indulgent regarding the length.
Soon after watching it I watched Robert Redford’s documentary series The American West (2016), which blew me away because I didn’t know so many personalities from the movies were real. That informed my view of every single western I’ve seen so far, including this one. The Lone Ranger touches on all key aspects of the wild west from a modern historical perspective that is honest and ultimately sad. I guess most Americans are not comfortable with that.