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Reaction: Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger'

What happened to the Lone Ranger?

It would seem that critics have decided to pan 'the Lone Ranger' after it failed to match close to its projected earnings, sinking Johnny Depp's usual wizardry to an unsual low.

Directed by Gore Verbinski who piloted the 'Pirates of the Caribbean', and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the 'Lone Ranger', billed as a "western roller-coaster ride", failed to take flight. Critics were very uninspired by the movie, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it no more than a cold 24% rating.

However in comparison, this was more than double the rating that 'After Earth' received after it bombed with a $27 million opening weekend. Despite the upset for 'The Lone Ranger', Johnny Depp movies in the past decade have been some of the highest grossing at the box office. The Pirates of The Caribbean franchise was hugely popular even after countless sequels. However, it would appear this time, that the magic for POTC didn't give 'The Lone Ranger' any added boost. (Check out the media reaction below)

Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger' trailer

So here's some of the feedback about the movie so far..

Media reaction to 'The Lone Ranger

"At the core of any Western, serious or comic, there is always a beautiful simplicity, a stillness, which constitutes the genre’s hold on the audience. The anarchic Coen Brothers understood that very well when they remade “True Grit.” But “The Lone Ranger” is so nervous about its childish and racist antecedents on radio and television that it can’t stop teasing itself." - The New Yorker

"In the end The Lone Ranger is a confusing nearly three hours, overwhelmed by relentless violence and ill-timed jokes. Five years after the election of the first black American president, you’d think Hollywood would be a bit more thoughtful about the stories it green-lights" - The Daily Beast

“As Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s perennially stoic and monosyllabic sidekick, Depp both challenges and indulges in the caricatures that made Jay Silverheels’s TV character such a lightning rod for Native American outrage.” - Washington Post

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