When we first saw resident cinematic ambassador Quentin Tarantino’s list of the top ten films of 2013, many people didn’t believe it. The reason a lot of people thought we were being given a bogus top ten list was because the box office bomb and critical failure The Lone Ranger showed up on the list.
But Tarantino indeed listed the film among the best of the year and defended his choice this week while talking to a French newspaper:
“The first forty-five minutes are excellent … the next forty-five minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene—incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, ‘What, that’s the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously?’”
As we pointed out earlier this week, it shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise that Tarantino fell in love with bits of The Lone Ranger. He’s long been a champion of trashy B-movie cinema and if you take away the price tag from The Lone Ranger, trashy B-movie cinema is exactly what it is.
It seems like the type of movie that Tarantino would
steal borrow the best bits from and put in his own future films. Tarantino also mentioned that he had issues with Tonto’s backstory, calling the handling of the slaughter of Tonto’s tribe like something out of a Buster Keaton movie, something he called ugly.
Still, Tarantino is sticking to his guns when it comes to putting The Lone Ranger on his top ten list for the year, which means Tarantino groupies are in the process of busting out the old VCRs to play a VHS version of the film so they can talk about how much of an underrated classic it really is.