The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger ★★★★

What Verbinski pulled off here reminds me a bit of what the Wachowskis did with The Matrix Reloaded - they built a highway, Verbinski built a railroad. Both movies have such an impressive commitment to their vehicular action set pieces, that they literally needed to go out and create from scratch these huge miles long canvases for their set-pieces.

The finale of this, and the highway chase in Reloaded, are two of my favorite action sequences of all time - both are lengthy with entire three act structures and packed with side fights, rhythmic editing and a perfect blending of practical and CGI effects.

In terms of the movie as a whole, I wish I liked it a little more. It's beautifully shot and filled with some classic Verbinski contempt for the violent underbelly of the Corporate America. But it's also wonky in a few of the character dynamics - like I have no idea why they made the hero pine for his brother's widow, it's too strange of a dynamic to get the audience on board with efficiently, the movie keeps apologizing for it?

Hope they upgrade this to 4K on iTunes soon, but I won't hold my breath.

Vic liked these reviews