Re: The Lone Ranger
Anyhow, funny you should mention Mask
. Stephen Greydanus writes
The main plot of The Lone Ranger steals from the original Mask of Zorro: White men plot to exploit and murder natives in order to steal the wealth of their land (silver rather than gold). Thereís another corrupt General Custer cavalry type (Barry Pepper). Oh, and the patrician villain carries a torch for the heroís woman (though in this case our hero himself is also carrying a torch for her, because sheís actually his brotherís woman).
Needless to say, the comparison only accents The Lone Rangerís glaring deficiencies. The Mask of Zorro took nobility, honor and heroism as seriously as villainy: Anthony Hopkinsís Don Diego was a skilled, classy and cunning warrior, and Antonio Banderas played a scruffy rogue undergoing a grueling tutelage to become worthy of the mask of Zorro.
The Lone Ranger laughs at all this. Johnís moral scruples make him ridiculous and naive, not admirable. His defining trait is not his morality, but his cluelessness.
Sounds almost Wild Wild West
bad... and 43 minutes longer!
Seeing as how The Lone Ranger and The Mask Of Zorro had the same writers it's that unusual that there are simularities between the two.
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