LONE RANGER: WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING
“A moderately amusing but very uneven revisionist adventure with franchise and theme park intentions written all over it.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
“It’s an extravagantly squandered opportunity.” - Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice
“It’s all too much and not enough — a succession of disparate, can-you-top-this episodes inelegantly piling up like skidding cars on a freeway.” - Keith Uhlich, Time Out of New York
“This over-the-top oater delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but sucks out the fun in the process.” - Peter Debruge, Variety
“In the end, The Lone Ranger is one hot mess — an entertaining one, to be sure, but still a mess.” - Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News
“Someone needs to drag this thing out behind the barn and put a silver bullet in its brain. It’s the only kindness this movie deserves.” - Drew McWeeney, Hitflix
“The Lone Ranger feels schizophrenic, a state of affairs that would be forgivable if it delivered as a comedy or Western or even as an brainless piece of summer entertainment.” - Alonso Duralde, theWrap
“Tonto -- and his sidekick, the Lone Ranger -- come to the rescue in style!” - Jon Niccum, Kansas City Star
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE LONE RANGER
He's older than Superman. The Lone Ranger premiered in January 1933 on WXYZ in Detroit, meaning the character celebrates his 80th birthday this year. Superman, by contrast, did not make his debut until 1938. The character was the brainchild of station owner George Trendle and writers James Jewell and Fran Striker. The idea was, play off the popularity of cowboys but add elements of Zorro and Robin Hood to the story. From the beginning, Ranger was to be a wholesome hero who didn't drink or smoke, did not use violence recklessly and would be a role model.
It was the first Western made for television and one of ABC's first hits. In 1949, the show made the leap from radio to the new medium of television, becoming the first Western made exclusively for TV. Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto. A contract dispute replaced Moore with John Hart for one season, but those episodes were taken out of syndication for the next 30 years.
"Hi-yo Silver" was made for radio. "Hi-yo Silver," the famous phrase the Ranger utters before he starts riding, originated as a way to signal to radio listeners that a riding scene was about to begin.
"Kemosabe" is a made-up word. The show's creators never said where the word came from, and fans have been arguing about its origins ever since. One theory has the name coming from a Michigan boy's camp called Ke Mo Sah Bee. Other says it comes from a play on the Spanish phrase for "Who knows?" Still others root it in Pueblo Indian language.
He hasn't had a real hit in 50 years. Since the TV show stopped producing new episodes in 1956, Hollywood has tried repeatedly to revive the character without much luck.
... A 1961 CBS pilot, The Return of the Lone Ranger, did not get picked up for the network's schedule.
... Two short-lived animated series came and went. The Lone Ranger lasted 30 episodes in the late 1960s, and the Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour lasted just 14 episodes in the early 1980s.
... A 1981 movie revival The Legend of the Lone Ranger was a bomb, grossing about $12 million on an estimated $18 million budget.
... A 2003 WB TV pilot featuring Chad Michael Murray as the Lone Ranger failed to make the network's schedule but was eventually repurposed as a TV movie of the week.