Movie – The Lone Ranger: C+

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The first Pirates of the Carribean film managed to find the right combination of campy whimsy and simple entertainment to make for a fun movie. They never quite replicated the formula in the sequels. Nor did they now after turning it into a western based on an ancient show the target demographic has never heard of. Johnny Depp and that pirates-brand action are slopply applied to a boring plot littered with western tropes. It’s sandwiched by ridiculous train action pieces, which are the best parts of the film (the second of which is aided by the Lone Ranger “theme”, the William Tell Overture.) with the trimmings in the middle tasting bland.

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Movie – Les Miserables: C-

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Taking a play and adding special effects, no matter how beautiful, did not make for a successful formula to turn it into a movie. I don’t hate musicals, but singing every line of dialog was unnecessary, and at times difficult to understand. The sets looked like, well… sets, and not part of a greater city. I’m not as disappointed in Russel Crowe as everyone said I should be. But since he and Jackman were the only characters with full arcs I can see how his lack-luster performance would be more noticable. Also the movie would not end. It just kept going. Forever. So many time jumps…