Music in the Movies: The Lone Ranger

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The William Tell Overture, composed by Italian Gioachino Rossini in 1829, recounts the Swiss soldiers’ victorious battle to liberate their homeland from Austrian repression.  Of course, we know it at the sound of The Lone Ranger!

The Lone Ranger (2013 PG-13) follows The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp) as they meet and become partners in bringing justice to a western town just as the transcontinental railroad is completed.  We hear a few measures of that trumpet at the beginning of the movie, then composer Hans Zimmer settles into appropriate background movie music.

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Then the movie gets muddled.  Even though Tonto continues to prove his worth, The Lone Ranger endlessly doubts him. Enough already, just get on with the story!  And why the silly nature-out-of-balance stuff?

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There is not just one Indian massacre, but two.  Unnecessary.

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This is a simple western town, but has an over-the-top adult entertainment center, hosted by Helena Bonham Carter.

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The beautiful widow (Ruth Wilson) is wooed by the railroad business man subtly throughout the movie, but did we really need the Chinese opium lady?

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At last, our heroes are ready!  Cue the trumpets!  The William Tell Overture, arranged by Geoff Zanelli. It’s the final showdown with The Lone Ranger and Tonto racing to save the girl and get the bad guys on two runaway trains!

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And we get the music!  And it’s beautiful!  Fun movie, despite it’s flaws – especially when the music plays!

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