Title: The Lone Ranger (Official Site)
Tag Line: Never take off the mask.
Release Date: 03 July 2013
Runtime: 149 min
Genres: Action, Adventure, Western
Series or Standalone: Standalone (left open for sequel)
Where Seen: Theatre (Screening)
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director(s): Gore Verbinski
Writer(s): Justin Haythe (screenplay), Ted Elliott (screenplay), Terry Rossio (screenplay)
Stars: Johnny Depp (Tonto), Armie Hammer (John Reid/Lone Ranger), William Fichtner (Butch Cavendish), Ruth Wilson (Rebecca Reid), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Harrington), Bryant Prince (Danny Reid)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The Lone Ranger is one of those movies where every time I saw a preview for it I changed my opinion of it. There were times when I really wanted to see it and others that left me just feeling meh about the whole thing. In the end, I’d initially decided to wait on watching this one until an opportunity came up to go see a screening of it. The Lone Ranger is a long movie, clocking in at 2.5 hours, but it never felt long. Yes, there is a lot that could have been cut out but I never felt like the movie dragged. There was lots of action and snappy one liners to keep me entertained but the whole story lacked a bit of substance.
Johnny Depp totally steels the show as Tonto and this movie is really more about him than in rebooting The Lone Ranger story lines. Armie Hammer (John Reid/The Lone Ranger), who plays the title character comes across as more of a side kick than the star. He’s bumbling an mostly inept and usually there to help Depp’s character get the laugh. If you’ve seen Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, then you have a really good idea on how the character of Tonto is portrayed. There is little difference between the two only instead of a crazy drunk, Tonto is just a tad bit crazy.
The other characters just all fall a bit flat. Ruth Wilson plays Rebecca Reid, the woman that John Reid has been secretly in love with for years. But they lacked chemistry and their scenes just felt a bit wooden. Wilson herself was often pretty wooden on screen and I was always glad when the camera cut away from her. The bad guys were just bad guys with no real depth or purpose and the whole plot was pretty predictable. Though I think that the slapstick comedy that fills this movie will appeal to younger audiences. Older audiences will probably like some of the homages to the original series, though from what I recall this film is a definite reboot of the series and geared more towards getting a laugh than anything else. Although admittedly my recollections of the show are vague based on reruns watched as a kid on Nick at Nite so I might be wrong on how accurate it is.
Overall, I wasn’t super impressed with this one. I liked it well enough but I didn’t love it as I did the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. There Depp’s character surprised and was fresh and comical. Here, as Tonto, the whole shtick just comes across as a bit stale and overdone. Its a model that works though and I won’t be surprised to hear that this one does well in the box office. The Lone Ranger is a good family film. If you have young kids then this would probably be a good pick for a family night out. If you are an adult looking for a good movie to go see with friends, then go see White House Down (my thoughts) instead as you’ll probably enjoy it.
My recommendation: A good one to rent on DVD.