The Lone Ranger (2013)
John Reid (Armie Hammer) is a progressive law man who is returning home to Colby, Texas after completing his education as a lawyer. His brother Dan Reid (James Badge Dale) is a different kind of law man. He is a Texas Ranger. As fate would have it John is traveling on the same train as the notorious Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) who is being returned to Colby to be hung for his crimes. Things however don’t go as planned and John joins his brother to search for Cavendish and bring him to justice. An epic adventure ensues where John Reid joins with the somewhat off kilter Tonto (Johnny Depp) and the two seek justice at all cost. Also starring Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryant Prince, Barry Pepper, Mason Elston Cook, JD Cullum, Saginaw Grant, Harry Treadaway, James Frain, Joaquin Cosio, Damon Herriman, Matt O’Leary.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski The Lone Ranger is an epic western that is so jam-packed full of things that you are times overwhelmed but in the end you can’t help but laugh and have fun. I think the critics are too hard on this movie. Sure Disney advertised the hell out of it and set ridiculously high expectations but if you just sit back and watch without over thinking it you will enjoy the ride. Everything about this film screams Bruckheimer. It has the same flavor as his Pirates of the Caribbean series. Not a bad thing but its also not impressive at this point either. That being said Bruckheimer knows how to make a technically perfect film. There are no flaws in his action sequences and the sets make you feel as if you are there. I think the big pitfall for The Lone Ranger is its length. While I understand it is telling quite the legendary tale, there has to be a point at which the direct and team just say to themselves do we really need this scene to tell that tale. There is just too much here. Casting was key here and while many have criticized Disney for casting Johnny Depp as the Comanche Indian when you see the character you realize why they cast him. It was totally written for him. Johnny Depp revels in the characters that aren’t quite all there so he is definitely at home if not at his best in the role of Tonto. Personally I preferred his character of Captain Jack Sparrow because there was more depth to that character than there is in Tonto. They try to give him a story that would lead to emotion but Depp never quite gets there and it leaves you feeling a bit empty. Not much to say about Armie Hammer’s portrayal of the lone ranger. He is decent if a bit conflicted at times. Overall he fits the good boy don’t want to go bad role admirably well. My favorite character in the whole movie and the one that provides about 80% of the laughs is the horse Silver. I know what you are thinking, the horse really Mariana? Trust me the horse has more depth of character than either Depp or Hammer; as he should. Silver is a big part of the story both here in the movie and in the legend so he should be a third lead of sorts. The interaction between the Lone Ranger, Tonto and Silver is classic and makes you laugh out loud. In total I appreciate what they did in making The Lone Ranger. I think however that the whole thing could have been better off if the movie didn’t take itself so seriously and amped up the fun just a bit more instead of just leaving it in pieces randomly throughout the film.
8/10 Stars – Have to credit where credit is due. An impressive adventure where the star of the show is definitely Silver and he makes the whole thing worth while.
I will just start off by saying that The Lone Ranger isn’t as bad as the critics make it out to be. Sure the script is thin and confusing at times (like the whole first 20 minutes) and it is long, but the action, grit and humor of Johnny Depp make it a decent watch. Many people say the movie is too long and I can agree that some of the scenes are not needed and boring, but I didn’t sit in the theaters “hoping” for the movie to end. The action keeps it moving which is what the audience wants to see anyways. The bad guy played by William Fichtner is worthy of the description dirty, mean and uneducated. He only wants to get his nasty hands on some silver and doesn’t care who he kills to get it. I never watched the show so I have no idea about any ties except for the obvious music and characters. I didn’t realize that The Long Ranger and Tonto aren’t really friendly with each other and that makes some of the interactions funnier. I dunno what my wife saw in the horse Silver, but he is in like 3 scenes so he adds a chuckle here and there but nothing major. I have to say, I don’t see what made The Lone Ranger the ideal movie for the July 4th week, maybe they thought it needed the extra “kick” to get people in the seats, but it doesn’t drop the ball completely. I just didn’t love it and think it is more a movie for home viewing.
7/10 Stars – Due to low expectations, The Lone Ranger was better than I thought due to gritty action and humor.
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