Right? Only the guilty fear showing their faces.
In the new trailer for The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp’s Tonto seems to acknowledge this with his broken English line: “There come a time, Kemosabe … when good man must wear mask.”
As the big-budget action-adventure gallops towards theaters July 3, going a little bit bad may be a very good thing for this movie.
The appeal of the old west was its lawlessness, and with that comes the idea of good men doing the right thing by very bad means. It’s key to everything from High Noon to Unforgiven. The title this film does not want to be associated with is 1999’s Wild, Wild West, which fell apart amid its sitcom-y execution.
While it would be foolhardy to expect anything too deep or boundary-pushing from a movie this expensive, aimed at such a broad audience, Tonto’s mask line offers a little hope that we’ll see more than just slapstick and self-referential gags.
Here’s the trailer, but it all goes by pretty fast. Check it out, then click here for a closer analysis.
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