“There comes a time when a good man must wear a mask.”– Johnny Depp as Tonto
What’s good: The stunts were pretty well done.
What’s not good: Most of it was so slow and boring.
What happened: Hollywood executives seem to believe that there is a certain formula required to make a successful movie. As long as you have big name stars coupled with a few huge explosions they feel audiences will flock to theaters in droves. Unfortunately, movies like ‘The Lone Ranger’ prove this way of thinking to be so very wrong.
Tonto (Johnny Depp) is haunted by a bad deal he made long ago. He carries an old watch as a reminder and is determined to right the wrongs of his past. Tonto has become an outcast to his people for what he did to them. For some reason, he carries a dead bird on his head that he still tries to feed! Tonto will soon receive a vision that he will help a spirit walker on his path of vengeance.
John Reid (Armie Hammer) is a lawyer who firmly believes in the legal system to a fault. He is not nearly as brave as his brother Dan (James Badge Dale) the sheriff. Dan is concerned about the dangerous prisoner coming to town. Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) is the villain everyone fears. This murderous, lowdown crook is on the most wanted list for killing Indians. John and Dan are betrayed and led into an ambush with devastating consequences. What Cavendish does to Dan is downright disturbing. John vows to bring this killer to justice at all costs. John Reid must wear a mask and ride with Tonto to capture Cavendish before he gets away.
‘The Lone Ranger’ is not a total waste, but it is pretty close to it. Johnny Depp loves doing odd, quirky characters and definitely does his job quite well in this one. He carries the film even though his character is supposed to be the sidekick. Depp provides most of the comedy in an otherwise weak film even though a lot of his jokes don’t work. Armie Hammer is just okay as The Lone Ranger too. The action and cool stunts are what really make this film interesting. The most memorable scene was when Tonto used a ladder to move between trains.
There is so much to dislike about ‘The Lone Ranger’ that it’s hard to figure out where to start. First of all, Johnny Depp playing a Native American just doesn’t seem right. Yes, as stated before, he loves doing odd characters, but it’s a shame that they couldn’t have found an actual Native American to play this role. Another problem is Tonto’s narration during the film. It interrupts the flow of the story so much that you will wish he would just go away. Most of this movie is too goofy and far-fetched to believe. Also, the film felt about forty minutes too long. The slow pace of this movie made it hard to sit through. This film would have been so much better if the tone was more serious. In the end, you spend more time thinking about what to do after the movie ends instead of what happens to any of the characters on screen.
Bottom Line: ‘The Lone Ranger’ is a film that you should stay away from at all costs unless you are a huge Johnny Depp fan.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 2 hours, 29 minutes
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