posted on July 9, 2013 by Jaycie Cash

And a Hearty “Hi Ho, What Do the Critics Know”

lone2Over the July Fourth holiday weekend I took in several movies, including The Lone Ranger.

Doing so made me feel like quite the revolutionary. The majority of reviews I’d seen or read about this film essentially panned it. No that’s an understatement, they stomped it into the ground.

As a result, I didn’t have high hopes for—or a big desire to go to—the show but a friend really, really wanted to see it and I didn’t have anything else going on.

Some two and a half hours later I walked out with yet another reminder that I really should give no credence whatsoever to what critics say about movies. Ever!

Really. Never. Ever.

The Lone Ranger won’t go down as the best movie I’ve ever seen, but it also certainly won’t go down as the worst . . . or anything close to it. It was good, solid entertainment. I don’t care what any supposed experts say or write.

In addition, allow me to say two little words: Armie Hammer. I’d like to add a third: yum!

Also, I’m very pleased to note that TLR didn’t go to the horrifying excesses some Johnny Depp/Bruckheimer movies have been known to reach. In other words, nothing made me want to cover my eyes and hum to myself for a few seconds as some of the later Pirates of the Caribbean movies did.

Barnacle-covered ghost pirates, ick!

Just give me a fun story and some excellent acting and photography, guys, and nobody will get hurt. Including your feelings as to what I have to say about your movie!

So, fair readers, the lesson to be taken from today’s post is that it’s safe to go see The Lone Ranger. Sure, it’s a popcorn movie (but it doesn’t pretend to be anything else) and a mite long, but there’s some laughs and fun to be had as well.

Go, enjoy. There’s no shame in it. Just be sure to hold your head high as you show those pretentious critics you’re quite capable of thinking for yourself, thank you very much.

And, if you end up hating it, feel free to tell me so. But if you like it, I’d appreciate a heads up on that too.

HAVE YOU EVER FOUND YOURSELF DISAGREEING WITH THE CRITICS ABOUT A MOVIE, TV SHOW OR BOOK? IF SO, WHAT WAS THE POPULARLY HELD BELIEF AND HOW DID YOU DIFFER? A FREE COPY OF MY DEBUT NOVEL, MRS. GOODFELLER, WILL BE RANDOMLY AWARDED TO ONE PERSON WHO LEAVES A COMMENT BELOW BEFORE THE NEXT WRITERSPACE BLOG IS POSTED.

 

2 thoughts on “And a Hearty “Hi Ho, What Do the Critics Know””

  1. Cindy Warner says:

    I discovered back in the 80;s that if the critics hated a movie, I would love it. And if they loved it? Just suffice it to say that I fell asleep during Shakespeare in Love. I’m not sure what the critics are looking for, but what I look for in a movie is to be entertained. During the age of video stores and being able to browse, I discovered some of the best B-movies ever. Were they cinematic and literary quality? No, but I was entertained and that was all that mattered.

  2. Becky says:

    Everybody just raved over Life of Pi but I found the whole movie just completely depressing. I will still be watching the Lone Ranger, too.

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