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Disney's The Lone Ranger': Let the second-guessing begin

July 08, 2013
  • Johnny Depp, left, and Armie Hammer in "The Lone Ranger."
Johnny Depp, left, and Armie Hammer in "The Lone… (Disney )

The Lone Ranger,” the Johnny Depp movie that sent reporters scurrying for euphemisms and filmgoers scurrying into other theaters over the holiday weekend, touched off a particularly rousing round of Monday-morning quarterbacking.

Should Disney have pressed forward after cost and other production issues nearly shut down the movie in 2011? Was a $200-million-plus budget sensible given the characters’ low profile among younger filmgoers?

The second-guessing has been as ubiquitous as "Despicable Me 2’s" minions as Hollywood looks back to one of the most underperforming, disappointing, (insert euphemism here) movies of the year.

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