2013, Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Ring) -- download
The ads for this movie were terrible. Just terrible. It was if Michael Bay had cut them together while working with the Farrelly Bros. It was all explosions and obvious comedy. And their choice of Depp as the faithful Indian companion Tonto (you know what that means, right?) was a controversial choice. Well, controversial to those that believe only people of the race in question can play characters of said race. But Verbinski, Disney and Depp are forever entwined so no complaints were going to change that. And no, Depp thinking he might be 1/8 Cherokee on his Grandmother's side doesn't help the matter. I wasn't keen on the movie in the theatre but something... something about it tweaked my interest. Maybe it was a line from a review describing Tonto constantly trying to feed the dead bird on his head. Tonto is dumbell in latin languages.
While this is a movie meant for the big screen, with wide complicated sweeping shots, it works OK on its own, on the smalls screen. Well, as small as any widescreen HDTV is these days. And it worked for me. The comedy is there, satirical and wry. It mostly stems from Armie Hammer's ranger constantly being at odds with his Indian sidekick. I would say spirit guide, but that title goes to the horse Silver. Tonto is cracked, broken by events from his past and cast out from his tribe. Reid the Ranger is a dead man risen, an avenging spirit Tonto believes cannot die and therefore, is assigned to righting the wrongs against his people and the current ones, against all the peoples of America. So, rollicking adventure ensues. Yeah, there are some pretty big explosions but strangely enough, they work. And the feeding of the dead bird never stopped cracking me up.