Disney had attempted to replicate the Pirates of the Caribbean formula several times before in 2013, but Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerers Apprentice both under-performing on a critical and commercial level, but neither of these disappointments were as utterly clear as The Lone Ranger.
If you have heard this one before, then the Mouse House was given a budget of over $200 million to develop an off-beat blockbuster that stars Johnny Depp as an eccentric sidekick, working together with a stunned hero, who begins the story at odds before starting a friendship.
Throw in producer Jerry Bruckheimer, co-writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, composer Hans Zimmer, and editor Craig Wood, and it''s clear that the studio simply decided that reuniting nearly all of the key players would yield the same results, albeit with the Seven Seas being replaced.
The Lone Ranger flopped in horror as one of history''s biggest box office bombs, ending up in the red to an estimated $190 million, causing much embarrassment at Disney HQ. Almost a decade later, iTunes subscribers have decided to give the legendary failure the time of day, propelling it onto the global charts per FlixPatrol.
With the bookending action sequences in particular admirably jaw-dropping, there was also much to be seen. At every turn, The Lone Ranger avoided excess, when the opportunity for an old-fashioned period-set buddy adventure tasked with establishing a significant franchise potential.