The Lone Ranger is exactly what you’d expect from a summertime release by uber-producer Jerry Brucheimer, the man behind Top Gun, Beverly Hills and the Pirates quadriolgy, its loud, over-long, and immensely entertaining. Yes, the second act is rather lumbering and the narrative device, it’s self a parody of Little Big Man, can either be viewed as clever or clumsy. Pirates helmer Gore Verbinski is once again behind the camera and he’s assembled a great cast including William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper in supporting roles and top-lined by Johnny Depp, who finds another variation on the aloof warrior he perfected with Jack Sparrow. Tonto (Depp) is a much deep character who carries around a burning vengeance and undying guilt over the slaughtering of his tribe 20 years earlier.
The Ring gets under your skin early on and despite some costly miscalculations during the process, it still manages to deliver enough suspense and atmosphere to garner a recommendation. Naomi Watts stars in this American remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu. Here she is cast as Rachel, a reporter investigating her niece’s enigmatic death, which may be linked to the viewing of a videotape. Apparently anyone subjected to the tape’s contents, a seemingly random series of disturbing images, dies within seven days time.
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Reports are coming in that Disney has over-extended itself and due to a ballooning budget (close to $300M) on John Carter and a $200M budget on Sam Raimi’s The Great and Powerful Oz, plus many other projects underway, the studio has canceled The Lone Ranger. At this point it may still happen, according to Deadline – “The studio and filmmakers are trying to figure out the next step, which would either be to shop it elsewhere or put it back together at a later date at a lower budget.”
As it stands the film was still slated to come out December 21, 2012 amongst other big releases The Hobbit and World War Z. Disney wanted to get the $250M budget down to $200M, but the filmmakers were only able to reach the $230M mark.
3 1/2 Stars
‘Pirates’ is a highly entertaining mix of humor and swashbuckling action. Defying the odds uber-producer Jerry Brucheimer took on the project after years of failed attempts at converting the concept into a film; then entrusting director Gore Verbinski to craft a picture of immense beauty and astonishing technical wizardry. Yet all would be for not without the stand-out central performance by Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, the sexually ambiguous pirate. Depp’s comedic timing and unique look are assets that rarely have been exploited to the effect they are here. His shtick is so amusing that OSCAR voters took notice and nominated him for Best Actor that year. Continue reading
2 1/2 Stars
‘Dead Man’s Chest’ is a plot heavy meandering sequel that owes more than a bit story-wise to‘Empires Strikes Back’. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are all back but the freshness and humor that made the original so appealing is largely missing here. However the CGI and technical craftsmanship on display is admittedly staggering. This installment is darker in tone than the first film and lacks a rooting interest for the audience, even Depp’s antics aren’t quite as charming. Continue reading
1 1/2 Stars
The final chapter in the ‘Pirates‘ trilogy is just as bloated and confusing as the previous installment. Lacking a compelling story yet stuffed to the gills with special effects, and whimsical nonsense ‘At World’s End’ is far worse than ‘Dead Man’s Chest’. Even the welcomed return of Geoffery Rush as Capt. Barbossa and the addition of Chow Yun Fat to the cast can’t save this bore. Clocking in at two hours and fifty minutes this entry suffers from the same excessive length and overkill that seems to be a hallmark of the series.