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Provide a critical analysis of a scene/shot/sequence in a film from one of the following genres: Horror, Experimental film or the Western [note: you can choose another genre, but you must have this approved by your tutor before you begin writing your essa

Critical Movie Review

The Lone Ranger

“The lone ranger” is a movie produced by Walt pictures back in the year 2013. Indeed, it is classified as an American Western film, and it is said to be directed by Gore Verbinski. The film aims at exploring the efforts made to curb immoral actions in the society like corruption and bring a sign of justice in the American old west. The films are a landmark of a theatrical film that features the lone ranger character over the past 32 years. Despite the problems encountered during the production of the film, its premature cancellation did not hinder its release in 2013 (YouTube, 2016). Therefore, this article critically analyses the themes outlaid by the movie as well as the imagery and symbolism present.

At first, it seemed simple to outdo the preachy contrived by the 2003 Ranger movie, but for The Lone Ranger, it is a mainstay. By the first watch of the movie, it is clear to tell that it is a western adventure film. A mystique character is associated with the Lone Ranger as he strives to bring people to justice while still alive. His character can simply be compared to that of the Superman. Were it not for the challenge both the Ranger and Superman had, there would be no conflict between them.

Unlike in the 2003 disaster, Tonto takes the stage in this movie rather than being a symbol of the race. The difference between the 2003 and the 2013 films is that, for the current one, there are favorites played. Still on characters, Depp plays a role like that of Tonto. Indeed, he is seen to be great just like him (Danes, 2013 p.3). Nevertheless, the two characters are said to play with subtle humor that captures the interest of the audience. From the movies, one can identify the magic as well as Mystique character of the Ranger. However, an explanation exists that tries to explain this character as “Nature out of balance.” That poses a fact that the film deals with a sequence of supernatural events that enable the Ranger to ride on a horse on top of rain road vehicles. The confusion arises due to a blend of humor and adventure that appear the same time with crafty Shakespeare as well as the Indian Jones (Fitzgerald, 2013 p.82). That makes it special to be viewed by many who find it is educative in any way.

Just to add more on the main character, The Lone Ranger, he acts like a decent person right from the start of the movie to the end. However, he is in one way or the other serving corrupt leaders without him knowing. At the end of the film, he has gained the values of an activist proclaiming that people are yet to leave according to their values. The Ranger has come to realize the difference between false and true moral authority (Nevatia, 2015 p.2). The concept in the film is present in most of the Walt pictures that seem hypocritical as well as inspiring depending on how the audience interprets the film.

The work of director Gore appears to have a taste. His talent to direct movies is evident in the Lone Ranger. However, those who have watched and analyzed his movies to the letter can claim some sense of sensibility, weird as well as offbeat. That may result to a second viewing of his movies for an individual to appreciate the context. Before getting to the themes present in the movie, it is essential to mention that many people may end up liking the movie but not loving it. Reason being, it has critical problems that come along with its performance.

Just to give a brief opening of the story, there is a Cavendish criminal who attempts to put himself to justice by hanging on a car. Next to him stands Tonto, who awaits his sentence for being an Indian. With such an opening, the film piques the interest of the viewer. The acting of the play is superb with Johnny Depp being impeccable (Farmer, 2001 p.460). To give a description that suits the Lone Ranger, he is tall, brave and to be selfish, handsome. Despite that the story is interesting; there exist some parts in the film that could not change the audience status if eliminated. Still, the violence in this story is seen as weighty and not preferable more so to those below ten years of age. For instance, characters in the story line senselessly murder one another while innocent men and women are slapped and tortured in the society. What makes things worse is the blood shown as a result of murdered people (Wilner, 2005 p.760). Such actions are a clear indication of how people in the old west America had been denied justice. It also marks an immoral authority ruling over the people nation which requires a transformation to change their way of presenting justice to people.

When analyzing a film or rather play, language is an important factor to consider. In reality, language tells one how formal or informal the play is. In the play “The Lone Ranger”, the language is moderate. That is inclusive of approximately seven hells as well as three damns mentioned in the film. Such terms are categorized as unnecessary and may not be of any impact to the story line. Conversely, they only tend to make the play more informal.

Just like languages, themes in play are equally important. There are some themes present in this play. Although not well established, there are suggestive sexual themes. However, sexual events are minor in the play. Secondly, there conflict spiritual themes that have an impact more so to true believers. For example, it is said that God is the true judge, and he shall judge those living in a world of corruption and darkness. Christians have been assigned the obligation of condemning an evil society, and so, God shall judge them for not doing according to the teachings. In the movie, the ruling authority is seen to provide justice to wrongdoers. The justice provided is not moral and right according to the society. Therefore, conflict comes in when the question arises as to who should be the judge. Who should judge the moral breakers without bringing in corruption and racism?

Additionally, the theme of justice is also experienced in the play with it being the main agenda of the play. Indeed, it is associated with revenge and destiny. Also, from the film, the artist brings in a Bible clause from Ezekiel 34:15:16 which says, the Lord shall tend His sheep and make them lie down. That gives the ruling authority an opportunity to act. Therefore, the Lone Ranger is a perfect example of a person who fights for true justice. In his character, he demonstrates how the corrupt and immoral society presents injustice to its people.

After watching the film, there are some elements of iconography. Just to touch on some of them, silver bullets, the William Tell Overture, “Kemosabe” as well as “Hi-Yo Silver” are imageries used in the play to put more emphasis. However, the play hardly exposes the audience to the radio serials and television series. The director deserves the credit because, despite the obvious flaws, the story still ends up as interesting. The Lone Ranger is a similar story to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. When put into comparison on a surface level, they seem different while both of them have similar problems in structure as well as the pacing of the play. The length, as well as spacing of this film, is the primary problems with the play. It takes 2 and half hours to watch the movie consistently. That is considered as too long as the audience may feel bored before finishing the play. For sure, the film has many things that could be trimmed to minimize the duration. For example, things like Tonto retelling the story of the film to a kid are useless framing devices (Doane, 2014 p.233). Nevertheless, despite it being lengthy, the director made sure that the scenes have illusions of importance hence bringing a sense of humor.

Further, the movie has the issue of shifting quite rapidly when it comes to tone. Indeed, it changes from being dark to violent then followed by top silliness. Without a doubt, such kind of shifting gives the audience a whiplash and may get bored if not interested. Also, the film made fun of the camper element of the main actor’s iconography. To some, The Lone Ranger is an imperfect movie as it is long and messy, making it indulgent (Etkind, 2005 p.94). With all that, it remains to be interesting as results of its humor. Besides, it has an impeccable executed actions sequence and Gore’s flavor that makes the whole film enjoyable.

According to the critical analysis done on the movie, it is a film that is both interesting and boring, depending on the audience. Still, the director of the movie has played a vital role in making the movie humorous as possible. Though it is long, it has been made interesting by the characters involved. Additionally, Ranger as the main character has brought out some themes including but not limited to justice, religious conflict among others. Also, the artist has also used imagery to enhance symbolism in the play. Certainly, the lessons learned from the play are what shall make it memorable by the audience. However, watching this film shall remain an interest to many people who may learn or have the fun from it. Still, the film may be of help to those willing to find out more about the history of Old West American and their traditions. It clearly explains how justice was reached, and the oppression underwent by some civilians in the society. However, watching the movie will require someone to have much free time as it is long. The best place recommended to watch from is a theater where a crowd of the audience has gathered with the same agenda. All in all, the Lone Ranger shall be passed over to generations to come even after the 21st century.


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