Quentin Tarantino is not only a man with strong opinions regarding movies, but he’s also a bit of a contrarion. Typically, whatever the popular opinion of a movie maybe, you can be guaranteed that Tarantino will take the less-popular point of view, and yes sports fans, QT has done it again by offering praise to The Lone Ranger while downplaying the cultural relevance of Batman. Oh no he didn’t? Yes, yes he did.
The first forty-five minutes are excellent …the next forty-five 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 crap? Seriously?
But not to make you think Tarantino went complete
off the reservation out to lunch in his praise for Ranger, he did have some very apt, and culturally sensitive, criticisms:
That being said, 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.
But what’s really ugly though is Tarantino’s opinion of Batman. When asked about his thoughts regarding the casting of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman, the filmmaker let the air of film fans everywhere by downplaying the intricacies of playing a man dressed up as a person-sized bat:
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.
Actually… Yeah, that might have been cool. What do you Bastards think of Tarantino’s opinions: Agree? Disagree? Indifferent?