The Lone Ranger

Image When I was a little girl getting ready for school in the wee hours of the morning, my brother and I would sometimes watch re-runs of the classic tv series “The Lone Ranger”.  I use to live for him to say “Hi-Ho Silver…Away”!  For some reason it really use to make me chuckle.  So it suffices to say, I was really hoping that this new Disney feature starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer would make me reminisce with much delight.  Let’s start with what I did like.  I really enjoyed the effort to explain the origins of  how The Lone Ranger and Tonto became outlaws.  The stunts were breathtaking, especially a few that involved Johnny Depp jumping from one train to the next, which looked it was a good 50 foot drop, the performance of Helena Bonham Carter (Red Harrington)was hi-sterical and the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer was so compelling it made me actually want to run out and purchase it.  Ruth Wilson (Rebecca Reid) as the love interest for both The Lone Ranger/John Reid (Armie Hammer) and his brother Dan Reid (James Badge Dale) seemed to be the only actor whose performance  was grounded from a real organic place.  However, my favorite storytelling element was how a boy dressed as “the lone ranger” on a museum trip at the fair was used to tell the story of the legendary duo from none other than an aging Tonto himself.

Needles to say…I should’ve known something was awry when I saw stills of Johnny Depp being released as Tonto months in advance in white face.  While I respect and admire Johnny Depp immensely… just to satisfy my curiosity (being someone of partial Indian heritage), I researched hundreds of Comanche Indian pix and NOT ONE showed a warrior in white face.  Clearly, this was a character choice of behalf of Mr. Depp, but I found it to be demeaning to the Indian people by making the Comanche tribe to look like clowns.

Seeing that for some reason the N-word happens to recently be used like a tennis ball in flight, the use of “red-nigga”  by one of the characters didn’t make me feel any warmer about this film, nor did the performance of Armie Hammer in the title role.   Some of you may remember young Mr. Hammer from “The Social Network” or from the fact that he is a great grandson of Armand Hammer. While he is beautiful eye-candy, his acting in this film seems very stoic with no real humanity or emotion underneath.

This film often felt like it was about 45 minutes too long and there were numerous scenes where I found myself asking why they were there and what did they have to do with furthering the plot.  THE LONE RANGER is in nationwide release by Walt Disney Studios and directed by Gore Verbinski.

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

BRAVE

As a little girl, I vividly remember being so angry with my mother that I wished someone else was my Mom. I even said, "you're not my real mother because my real mother would let me do what I want". You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how that little episode ended. As I watched "Brave", I was surprisingly reminded of being that spoiled, yet strong-willed little girl, much like Merida, I was determined to do things "my" way.

Set in the lush, breathtaking greenery of Scotland, we are instantly welcomed into this modern,yet mythical story of a young girl's independence from being a traditional Princess. This princess has a mane of thick, curly auburn hair that matches the fire of her personality and is not looking for a prince but for the next target of her bow and arrow.

She loathes being in "princess training" and relishes the moments where she and her loyal horse explore the woods, waterfalls and rock climbing. Now that's what I'm talking about!!!

When the possible suitors for prince turn out to be one doofus after another, Merida puts them all to shame with her archery skills. This insights a horrible disagreement with her Mom, where a family tapestry is ripped and Merida runs off.

While in the woods, she runs into a witch whom she request a spell to be placed on her Mom to change her mind about her being betrothed.

Disaster breaks out when her Mom and brothers take a bite out of the cake Merida received from the witch, turning them all into bears.

Without completely ruining the film for those who have not viewed, let's just say that having a family of bears is not a good thing especially when Daddy is hellbent on killing them.

I found myself sobbing at the end when it looked like the spell would not be broken. The sight of little Merida realizing that she is never "too grown" to need her "mommy" wore me out! In a singular moment, I was reminded how wonderful my mother is and how lucky I have been that the universe gave me her to be "my" mommy.

So, the moral of the story is as they say in "Brave"..."change your fate by mending the bonds you break". A lesson and wise words for us all.

Note: As a grown woman, my Mom and I are very close. Not one day goes by that we don't talk, text, skype or email:) I am still strong-willed, but now mature and open enough to ring Mom for her advice. Sometimes the advice is lovingly warm, but always honest and from the heart. Love you mommy:)

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!