To the Editor: Grandmother enjoys Lone Ranger
Written by Norma Davenport   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:29
If anyone out there is under the impression that the new version of The Lone Ranger is anything like your grandmother's recollections, you may want to adjust your thinking cap. Oh, wait! I am a grandmother. I forgot. However, if you decide to go and see this brilliantly produced production by Walt Disney, I hope that you will be as surprised as I was . . .
Think . . . Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid meets War Horse, or Think . . . Indiana Jones meets Oh Brother Where Art Thou.
Moreover, here is another surprise. This is the first western that I have seen where I found myself rooting for the "Indians" instead of the Cavalry. Of course, today, we would say Native Americans. Perhaps, my change of perspective was partly motivated by hearing this rendition from Tonto's own words. This story line revealed Tonto as a much wiser man within whom most of us can relate. In this contemporary film version, "Kemosabe" has to learn his practical understanding from mentor, Tonto.
When recommending this movie, some of my friends replied, "But, the reviews were not that great." I immediately felt passionate about defending this most enjoyable film, especially when, parents today, often find themselves hard pressed to find suitable, age appropriate films for their children to see.
I would have only changed one interpretation of this epic saga. I had to wait until the ending scenes before seeing Tonto reunited with his pinto horse, Scout. Most people know that any wise sage should not have to ride double on the rear end of a horse behind the Lone Ranger.
Please go and take a child with you to see this well crafted movie. You will not be disappointed. Oh, and did I mention the ending? Well, I will not say too much because there are no words to capture it. Think . . . The Fourth of July meets The National Anthem. I'm just saying.
Norma Davenport
Bowling Green
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:11
 

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