'Despicable Me 2' soars over 'Lone Ranger' with 'Christian-based theme'

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  • bored Lindon, UT
    July 13, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    Sounds like many of the readers have a bit of a chip on their shoulder regarding religion. Funny stance considering where you live. If you find it odd that comparisons in movies, or anything for that matter, would be made with a religious point of view, then you've settled in the wrong state my friends.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    July 10, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    Honestly, for me, the reason I have no desire to see the Lone Ranger, is that I know that Hollywood has ruined the Western... The old ones are racially offensive, and the new ones are so politically correct as to be a vehicle for advocating white guilt.

    Disney is especially terrible at any topic that involves race. Pocahontas was a disaster in political correctness, as if they wish to atone for the sins of their past movies like Song of the South.

    So here's what I expect from a Disney Western:

    1. Native Americans are enlightened people, living in perfect bliss and balance with nature.

    2. White Settlers are brutal killers who have no regard for human life, nor the environment in which they live.

    3. It's okay to kill the white settlers, because they deserve it.

    4. Religious people are hypocrites.

    5. Gunslingers are justified as long as they have a traumatic backstory.

    No thanks, Disney Cliche' Machine...

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 9, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    Re: "Please refrain from hijacking my morality and giving credit for my goodness to a fictional creature."


    What gives you the authority to suggest I'm required to accept your wildly improbable version of things?

    Since what God wants for you is WAY more important than what you want, we'll keep praying for you.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    July 9, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    RBB wrote:

    "Yes it appeals to the innate goodness in all of us. Some might call that the light of Christ."

    Please refrain from hijacking my morality and giving credit for my goodness to a fictional creature.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    My problem w/ the Lone Ranger was it was about 15 minutes too long and it was paced too slow.

    It had a similar theme to Pirates 2 & 3 i.e. Corporations are not exactly altruistic.

    Oh, Cats... I believe the saying is "Denial is not just a river in Egypt."

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    July 9, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    I haven't seen dm2, but I saw the lone ranger. It was simply good fun. It didn't fly because many of movie going age are not familiar with the characters...were born way after the TV show stopped airing. For us oldsters, it was wonderful, funny, and exciting...like an old melodrama. The evil character was deliciously evil...snidely whiplash on steroids...the good guy wore a white hat and rode a white horse. Johnny Depp was a great Tonto. And for you who didn't like a prostitute with a good heart (it's a tried and true character in literature); You'd better not watch reruns of Gunsmoke. Miss Kitty would be offensive to you.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    July 9, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    It is hard to believe that this article passed the editorial litmus test. It says a lot about the type of organization that the Des News is. It really isn't news that is published and the Des News should just be honest and call it what it is. Propaganda.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    July 9, 2013 7:13 a.m.


    Yes it appeals to the innate goodness in all of us. Some might call that the light of Christ. Most people in this country believe in God and many are growing tired of the attempt by many in Hollywood to make everything dark and cynical. You have to ask yourself why Hollywood keeps putting out so many R rated movies when the PG movies do better financially. There are so many bad things in the world, why glorify the negative?

    How often do you see a movie where the priest is the hero, or where the members of a church or synagog arr good people helping the oppressed? In real life, however, religious people donate large amounts of time and money helping the poor, fighting injustice, helping children. Yes there are a few wolves among the sheep, but Hollywood acts as if the sheep are the rare exception.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    July 9, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Dear Hutterite and Janet: Denial is not a river in Egypt.

  • Russell Howes Los Angeles, CA
    July 9, 2013 2:05 a.m.

    Um. Steve Carroll?

    Your paper had a good story a week ago about G-rated movies and family fare making more money than R-rated and violent films, but the premise of this article--Christian themes playing into movie choices on opening weekend--is really grasping at straws and unsupported by evidence. I think we can all agree that the reasons Despicable Me 2 trounced the Lone Ranger are a) Lone Ranger had already been out a week, and b) We're all getting pretty sick of Johnny Depp.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    July 9, 2013 12:26 a.m.

    Fart gun liturgy... Janet gets best comment award.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    July 8, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    Seriously? How can you compare two films that have pretty much nothing in common? "Despicable Me 2" is a family film. It never once occurred to me that it was "Christian," but more like sweet and uplifting. (Where exactly does the fart gun figure in anyone's liturgy?) "The Lone Ranger" is for teens and up. As people who remember the stereotypes of the old westerns, we appreciated the twists. There are sincere Christians, hypocrites, sinners, betrayers, villains, victims, etc. Several of the characters are multi-dimensional, including John Reid and his sister-in-law, who do not succumb to temptation. There are supernatural elements, to be sure. Do you think the only kind of spirituality is your own? If you want to limit your viewing to kids'/family films, that's your business, but this comparison is ludicrous.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 8, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    I think you're reaching to try to tie the success of a movie to your religion. Maybe it just appeals to the innate goodness in all of us.