‘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 warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tale 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 account as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
‘The Lone Ranger’ is an intergenerational film that appeals to young and old. It returns the older moviegoer to the days of yesteryear, when they were young. When they would pore over the newest ‘Lone Ranger’ comic book or spend time in front of a black and white T.V., enjoying the latest adventure. It also, introduces the younger movie viewer to the western genre; A staple of American history.
Although the main character is not Clayton Moore who played that role from 1949-1957 (he died in 1999) from the beginning, you realize that this is indeed a fresh account of the adventure of the masked hero. In fact, it is as if we are reading an antique dime store novel that unfolds before our eyes through the words of the legendary Tonto.
Johnny Depp’s ability to draw us into the story is what legends are made of. He deftly provides us with a firsthand account of times gone by. The descriptive retelling of their exploits is tantalizing. Not to mention, his laugh-out-loud hilariously funny straight man face and sharp witted tongue.
I have to admit, that I had my doubts that Armie Hammer could pull off playing this iconic character. After witnessing his performance, all doubts have been laid to rest. Hammer is indeed capable of filling the shoes of a leading man. He adds his own take on this American hero and conveys the character’s humility and compassion as he strives to bring justice to the west. By all intent and purpose, Hammer is ‘The Lone Ranger.’
Disney has paired two of the best names in the business on this film. ‘The Lone Ranger’ is directed by Gore Verbinski (‘Rango,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean ‘franchise) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Bruckheimer films) whose reputations are well-known to deliver action-filled adventures for viewing audiences.
The spanking new screenplay written by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott also stars Tom Wilkinson (Cole), William Fichtner (Butch Cavendish), Barry Pepper (Fuller), James Badge Dale (Dan Reid), Ruth Wilson (Rebecca Reid), and Helena Bonham Carter (Red Harrington).
Of course, no motion picture about the famous masked man would be complete without the famous ‘William Tell Overture.’ The theme song along with ‘Hi Ho’ Silver away’ is a classic of the narrative combined with original music provided by the ultimate film composer, Hans Zimmer.
The cinematography by Bojan Bazelli truly captures the breathtaking landscape of the west that is enhanced by visual and special effects creating a story larger than life.
So, just as we are able to glimpse back in time and relive the past, ‘The Lone Ranger,’ once again rides on the silver screen and into history.