Saw the movie with my 13 yo who has ADHD. He sat through the 2 1/2 hour movie. Saw him fidget few times, but he does that in all movies.
This alone tells me that the movie is not bad, so I have to wonder, 'Why the hate?'
It's not a great movie, but most movies are not that great anyways. I thought it was much better than FF6.
It does have a little identity crisis in the beginning. I think Disney wanted the same formula as the Prates movies. Even the music by brilliant Hans Zimmer reminded me to the Pirates movies. The chemistry between the main characters was not good in the beginning but it picked up at the end, and I do believe that is what the director wanted it to be. It fits the story.
When the Lone Ranger finally figures out what he needs to be, the movie really takes off, and it is really fun.
So, why the hate? There are articles on yahoo page every single day about this movie and how Disney lost it's movie magic. I think Disney will be fine. They have few good movies coming out this year.
Big question for Disney is will there be sequels to this movie? the movie was long because it needed to build up the story, but if the second and third movies are like the final hour of the movie, then I think it will be good.
So, I hope they do make more. I heard that few actors have signed on for three movies so we shall see.