Tarantino Explains His Love for The Lone Ranger

Tarantino Explains His Love for The Lone Ranger

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A few days ago, Quentin Tarantino released his list of top 10 films for 2013 (so far). While the list is obviously based on his personal preference, many have scrutinised and bombarded the Hollywood director on some of his more contentious choices. So much so that Tarantino addressed his selection and love of The Lone Ranger on the list, when interviewed recently:

“The first forty-five minutes are excellent…the next forty-five minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene—incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, ‘What, that’s the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously? That being said, I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto’s backstory—the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that’s a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style… That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it…ugly. Making fun of this, when America really did it, it bothered me…That doesn’t stop it from being a good film but they could have done without that.”

Tarantino was then challenged on how the above-mentioned issue was different from that in Django Unchained:

“I didn’t make ‘Lone Ranger’…that’s two different things. I did an examination of America. I tried to juggle with different things and, frankly, I think I did it better than them. I don’t know, let’s just say that it was ugly. And violent. And boring. And it happens right in the middle of the film’s bad part, anyway. [laughs]”

A little off topic, the interviewer then asked Tarantino’s take on Ben Affleck as Batman:

“I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion. Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the ’80s.”

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