The Lone Ranger
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this epitome of 1950s Western films for the younger set is filled with battle scenes on horseback, including a few deaths by gunshot. Native Americans speak broken English most would find offensive today. The friendship between the Lone Ranger and Tonto attempts to challenge the typical good guy/bad guy movie scenario where Cowboys and Indians are at odds.
What's the story?
The Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) and Tonto (Jay Silverheels) must work as peacemakers to stop a seemingly inevitable war between the Native Americans and the white settlers of a western territory. After ranchers selfishly ride their cattle through land set aside for the Indian reservation and Native Americans steal cattle from the ranchers, the territorial governor meets with The Lone Ranger hoping he can avoid war so he can go to Congress and request statehood.
Is it any good?
If you're interested in seeing a film that epitomizes all things Western before the 1960s, this installment of THE LONE RANGER is hard to top. Fast-paced action, archetypal characters who occasionally veer into stereotypes, greedy cattleranchers, wise Native American chiefs, vengeful young braves, along with battles with guns, rifles, arrows, and even dynamite, make this an engaging 83 minutes.
As a Western, it has pretty much all the tropes of the genre except a climactic shootout and a saloon-clearing fistfight. For parents and grandparents who grew up with The Lone Ranger, this is an exciting way to introduce the character and his trusty sidekick Tonto to younger viewers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about "good guys" and "bad guys" in movies. Why is it more difficult to tell who is who in this film? Do all stories need good guys and bad guys?
What kinds of stereotypes can you identify in this movie? How would this story be portrayed differently today?
How accurately do you think this depicts the realities of a Western Territory in the nineteenth century?