- Starring: Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Armie Hammer (Mirror Mirror), Helena Bonham Carter (Les Mis) and more.
- Directed by: Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean)
- Synopsis: ““The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.”
- Rated: Rated PG-13 for intense action, violence and suggestive material.
- Must-Watch Trailer:
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star as the classic duo in this adventure from Disney under the direction of Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango). This origin story gives an insightful background on the beginnings of the “masked man” and his sidekick Tonto. Does The Lone Ranger give audiences a good reason to once again visit the wild west? or will it cause audiences to wish that it went like his horse, Silver…”Away”?
The Lone Ranger is long and lame (The LAME Ranger). Starting off rather odd, it carries the same vibe throughout amid a surprisingly brutal level of violence in relation to other films bearing the “Disney” name. Along with a sufficient, albeit largely unnecessary supporting cast, Johnny Depp plays Tonto in a fashion very similar to Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) next to Armie Hammer as the titular character. Focusing largely on the last ranger and bringer of justice, The Lone Ranger does little to create any sense of hope, attachment or interest in the additional characters and story. (There’s literally no reason for Helena Bonham Carter in this film.)
Borrowing much from The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Lone Ranger entertains (mainly due to Depp) yet never ends up near as funny or interesting. Much like a carnival magic show, plenty of things happen to confuse or delight you, but nothing of note actually takes place. Disney took the Lone Ranger, a symbol of justice, and did an injustice with this visual version full of disappointing CGI and intermittent borderline racism.
Mindless, nonsensical and often disengagingly boring, families may enjoy this film with the bit of wit and western style action it contains. Though it would better be entitled “Tonto & The Search for The Lone Ranger,” if asked to go see this film again, I will reply “Hi-yo, Silver, NO WAY!” I really felt like I wasted my time watching this one with the exception of looking for three of my friends throughout in the background scenes of the movie. Looks like I am right so far with my list of disappointing films of the second half of 2013. We’ll see how the rest of these six months go.
My Score: 1 out of 5 stars for The Lone Ranger
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–T, The Focused Filmographer
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