Lone Ranger (2013) - Plot Holes/Plot Contrivances/Unaddressed Issues

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Lone Ranger (2013) - Plot Holes/Plot Contrivances/Unaddressed Issues

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MAJOR PLOT HOLE

The events of the film are states to take place in the state of Texas. However, during the initial railroad construction scenes and during several scenes later in the film, it is clear that at least several portions of the film take place in Northeastern Arizona,particularly Monument Valley which is hundreds of miles away.

This is most prominently seen when Ship Rock, a distinctive natural feature of Monument Valley, is shown as being in the background of several scenes.

MAJOR PLOT HOLE (SPOILER)

Butch Cavendish, the film's antagonist, is a cannibal and is referred to as being a "Wendigo" by Tonto. However, Wendigo is an Algonquian Indian term for this type of person, not Comanche, the tribe to which Tonto belongs. There is simply no way that Tonto would have known about this term as Algonquin and Comanche tribes never had any interactions until at least the end of 19th, if not the early 20th centuries.

While there may be a Comanche word for cannibal, it is not "Wendigo."

MAJOR PLOT HOLE (SPOILER)

When Silver, the Lone Ranger's horse, is first shown as a mustang/wild spirit horse in the desert before he decides to become the Ranger's mount, he is shown to be wearing horseshoes. Wild horses and Indian horses were always unshod unless they were stolen from settlers. Even when they were, unless their shoes were changed periodically they would come off and need to be replaced.

This can especially be seen when Silver comes around after Tonto has dug the graves for the fallen Rangers.

MAJOR PLOT HOLE

Tonto would not consistently wear facepaint. This was done only for ceremonies or prior to battle. It would  in fact be dangerous for him to do so unless either of these situations applied as this could be seen as a threatening gesture to other Native Americans not of his tribe and to White settlers and Mexicans who were familiar with Native American traditions.

Minor Plot Hole

Tonto's facepaint stays consistent throughout the length of the film. He never has to reapply it and it is never shown to smear or "run" no matter how much he exerts himself. It is also done by someone besides Tonto as it isn't in the "mirror Image" as it would be if he applied it himself.

Minor Plot Hole

The future "Lone Ranger" and Tonto are not severely injured or even killed when they are thrown from a train which is derailing at/around 70mph. They weren't shown hitting anything "soft" nor did they land in a manner which would have prevented their injury.

Anachronism

Many of the windows in the film are clearly pane glass. Until the early 20th century, almost windows,especially in frontier towns were wave glass.

Anachronism

The Texas Rangers would have been disbanded at the time the film was set, as the state of Texas was undergoing Reconstruction in the wake of the Civil War. The film is set in 1869 and the Rangers remained disbanded until at least 1872 in most of the state.

Anachronism

Sears Roebuck was not an established company when the film was set.

Unaddressed Issue

Racism against Indians was prevalent in 1860s Texas. Yet Tonto has few if any problems walking around freely in settlements. WHile this makes for a tolerant film, it would not occur ,especially in areas under threat of Indian raids and reprisals.

Unaddressed issue

Despite being set in West Texas, surprisingly few Latinos, in particular Mexicans or Native Texans are shown. There should have been hundreds people if not as they represented the majority of the population in that era.

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