Gore Verbinski’s latest movies tell their stories and also reflect upon aspects of storytelling at the same time. Rango can be read as commentary on the myth of the hero, with regard to the self-construction of Barack Obama as savior of the country. Lone Ranger functions as postcolonial rewriting of pioneer history in the Old West. As a means of deconstruction, the movie makes use of the unreliable narrator. In order to debate American history and American politics, both films revert to a narrative repertoire that reaches from tragedy to the burlesque, from classical hero patterns originally meant to stabilize to postmodernist tools of unsettling.
"Postmodern Storytelling in Traditional Popular Genres: Gore Verbinski's Movies as Reflections on Narrative Patterns,"
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