The Situation is Grave, but not serious

Some of the reviews have come in for “The Lone Ranger.” Just as I suspected, the bulk of the action, the real “lead”, belongs to Tonto, played tongue-in-cheek by Johnny Depp.

This is an extension of the “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” strategy for presenting major films to audiences these days. The last few were “Cowboys & Aliens” and of course, “World War Z”-mixing apocalypse with zombies is a sure thing in the minds of Hollywood producers.

We are still mostly better served by the small scale productions. Or better still, the small screen productions being made for HBO and Showtime. Even Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have admitted that the major Hollywood Blockbuster may soon go the way of the dinosaur.

Now, that doesn’t mean James Cameron can’t produce hits these days. He has made the top two highest-grossing films in the history of cinema. His secret may be the innovative techniques he employs, his penchant for bold, large-scale productions, and probably a lot of perspiration plus inspiration combined with some luck.

So we are going to have another summer of remakes. There are more waiting out there in the wings. But, there is a wonderful “Much Ado about Nothing” playing, plus a Sofia Coppola directed independent movie, “The Bling Ring”, and a litany of other small films. All is not lost in the creativity dept. However, to steal a quote from the legendary director Billy Wilder, “The situation is grave, but not serious.”

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Author of "6 Degrees of Film: The Future of Film in the Global Village", Ms. Johnson continues to blog on film and publishes a newsletter plus the Flipboard magazine 6 Degrees of Film @ the Movies. Her book is currently available on Amazon at

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