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Saturday 30 August 2014

Tarantino: Why I love Lone Ranger

Quentin Tarantino has stuck up for The Lone Ranger

Quentin Tarantino has justified his reasons for naming panned film The Lone Ranger as one of his top 10 films of the year.

The Oscar-winning director explained to Les Inrockuptibles why he had so enjoyed the Disney film, which starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer but was much criticised.

He said: "The first 45 minutes are excellent. The next 45 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 c**p? Seriously?'."

But Quentin, who directed the controversially violent slavery film Django Unchained, did have some criticisms of it: " I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto's backstory - the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that's a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth.

"The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style... That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it... ugly.

"Making fun of this, when America really did it, it bothered me. That doesn't stop it from being a good film, but they could have done without that."

Quentin was a little more critical of the Batman movies, saying he didn't think Bruce Wayne was a great role.

He said: "I have to admit that I don't really have an opinion. Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the 80s."

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