It is the stars and producer of “The Lone Ranger” that are dishing out the dirt this time. Apparently the poor reviews from U.S. critics are to blame for the Western movie’s poor performance at the box office. Speaking to Movies.yahoo.com, Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer aired their opinions saying:
Johnny Depp kicks-off the rant:
“I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we even released the film,”
“I think the reviews were probably written when they heard that Gore (Verbinski) and Jerry (Bruckheimer) and I were going to do ‘The Lone Ranger’. They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”
“While we were making it we kind of knew that people were gunning for it. I think it was the popular thing when the movie hit rocky terrain to jump on the bandwagon to try and bash it. They tried to do the same thing with ‘World War Z’. It didn’t work, the movie was successful. Instead they decided to slit the jugular of our movie.”
Producer Bruckheimer chimes in:
“I think they were reviewing the budget, not reviewing the movie,” he says. “It’s unfortunate because the movie is a terrific movie, it’s a great epic film. It has lots of humor. It’s one of those movies that whatever critics missed in it this time, they’ll review it in a few years and see that they made a mistake.”
Let’s have a look at the review scores:
|28% - 195 Critics||37/100 – 44 Critics|
|61% - 82 227 Users||6.5/10 - 315 Users|
The general moviegoer didn’t seem that impressed either.
The film cost $215 million to produce and has earned only $176 million worldwide so far. Disney revealed that the “Lone Ranger” failure could cost the studio up to $190 million in losses.
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