Something has been nagging us since we first watched the trailer for Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. It wasn't that the camera largely avoids the two stars, focusing on the set-up and epic Western action instead, and strangely enough, it wasn't the bird on Depp's head.
It's probably that the trailer for "The Lone Ranger" reminds us of many other movies, so to make sense of all of our confusion, here are the films we can't get out of our heads.
Monument Valley: "John Carter"
Disney should have probably reconsidered opening the trailer for "The Lone Ranger" with an image of Monument Valley, Utah. While the region's iconic plateaus are probably best known from the classic Westerns by John Ford, they more recently doubled as the red deserts of Mars in "John Carter," a very bad and not-so-distant memory for Disney. We have to admit that setting an epic Western here makes complete sense, but its prominence is most definitely curious.
Tom Wilkinson's Voice: "Batman Begins"
The voice you hear at the beginning of the trailer over all of the Old West images belongs to Tom Wilkinson, who sounds like he'll be a bad guy in the movie. This isn't the first time we've heard Wilkinson's American accent, but the menace in his voice has us thinking only one thing: Carmine Falcone. Yes, the voiceover in the "Lone Ranger" has us flashing back to the humble beginnings of Bruce Wayne and his crusade to clean up the mean streets of Gotham. This is by no means a bad thing, since Wilkinson remains one of the best parts of Nolan's first Batman movie.
The Club Scene:"Moulin Rouge"
It's difficult to include an over-the-top, old-timey night club scene without echoes of Baz Luhrmann's hyperactive musical coming to mind. It doesn't help that there's a scantily clad woman swinging on a crescent moon that hangs from the ceiling. Just consider yourself lucky no one started singing a creepy version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Helena Bonham Carter: Any Tim Burton Movie
Since the "Harry Potter" series ended, does Helena Bonham Carter star in movies that aren't directed by Tim Burton? Well, clearly she does, but we're having a hard time looking at her without assuming that Burton is sitting behind the camera, demanding more cobwebs and pancake makeup. Wait, Johnny Depp's in this movie? Are we sure Tim Burton isn't directing?
Johnny Depp's Tonto: "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Though he doesn't show face often in the trailer, Depp's Tonto already seems like the Native American cousin to Captain Jack Sparrow. The Lone Ranger's companion may be more on the stoic side than Sparrow ever was, but the shot of him under the train car had us flashing back to the high-sailing hijinks of the Black Pearl's captain.
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