The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger ★★★★★

Happy 4th of July.

It's been four years since "The Lone Ranger" came out, and almost a year and a half since I wrote my big old 6,000-word essay on it. I haven't thought about it much since then, feeling that I'd more or less exhausted the subject, and yet somehow, watching it tonight, I kept noticing things I hadn't before, and couldn't shake the feeling that this masterpiece still has more to say. (For instance: I can't believe I never noticed how the whole thing is built around two sets of brothers, connected by a surprisingly intricate web of parallels.)

What a terrifically complex, multi-faceted balancing act of optimism and cynicism, entertainment and education, myth and history, spectacle and sorrow, humor and horror, delight and melancholy, pervaded at all times by a haunting nostalgia, a wistful loneliness.

"I'm a spirit walker. I can't miss."

P.S. Finally bumping this up to 5 stars. It's not flawless (the brothel sequence still isn't quite as inspired as everything else), but I've given 5-star ratings to imperfect films before.

(Favorite Films: 15/15)

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