In the hindsight of box office millions,
we look at PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
and remember a classic.
But back in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl wasn't expected to be a success.
Back then, as Chris Nashawaty told it in Entertainment Weekly, Johnny Depp couldn't lure moviegoers and $135 million seemed like too much money to spend on a movie based on a theme park ride.
But, of course, the film proved everyone wrong, becoming a massive success and spawning three sequels, a franchise that has grossed over $3 billion worldwide.
This July 4th weekend, Disney is hoping to recreate that success with The Lone Ranger,
also directed by Gore Verbinski and also featuring a heavily made-up Johnny Depp.
But will it work?
The simple honor and basic courage of THE LONE RANGER myth is considered "hokey" by metropolitan critics.
Though, it should be noted that, no matter how fondly the first Pirates movie may sit in our memories, the initial reviews for that film weren't great either.
Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum gave it a C, writing:
"Dead men tell no tales, the sea chantey goes, but neither will ticket buyers after sitting through this F/X-rattling Disney feature
based on the Disney theme-park attraction and founded on the Disney notion that American character is best strengthened by exposing children to the horrors of computerized skeletal buccaneers:
Minutes after we’ve left behind the clatter and spectacle, all remembrance of plot vanishes."
Disney seems to be wanting to make THE LONE RANGER another JOHN CARTER OF MARS,
releasing it on the same week Despicable Me 2 debuts.
Do you listen to critics to decide whether or not to go to a movie?
What makes you want to see a movie?
What movie are you planning to go see next?
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