He’s back again for a whole new generation of audiences, The Lone Ranger. This time though he seems to play second fiddle to the real star of this movie, Tonto. The Lone Ranger(PG-13) opening Wednesday July 3rd again tells the story of the masked man who helps those less unfortunate and with the aid of his trusty Indian friend Tonto becomes the talk of the West. The only difference is Tonto seems to be the mastermind behind it all and The Lone Ranger is just a bratty guy who really for the most part doesn’t want to get involved in anything if he doesn’t have too.
In the beginning, we find John Reid(Armie Hammer) headed back to the old west where his brother, sister in law and nephew live but he gets involved in a prisoner breakout aboard a train where he meets the Comanche Tonto(Johnny Depp) who is also tied up along with the sinister Butch Cavendish. Well Cavendish escapes and goes on to wreak havoc in John Reid’s circles causing Reid to get together with Tonto to find Cavendish and put an end to all this killing.
The Lone Ranger is a very interesting movie, to me it’s really the story of Tonto and how he turned this mild mannered man into a fighter for justice and the right thing to do through force and smartness. Johnny Deep really shines in this movie and you know from the beginning that this is his vehicle. Armie Hammer does a good job of playing the Lone Ranger but there are times when you want to slap him across the face and say wake up man. I loved character actor William Fichtner’s portrayal of the ruthless bad guy in the movie gunslinger Bruce Cavendish who is the kind of guy who you love to hate. I wasn’t too interested in the love story between the Lone Ranger and his love interest because I never really felt the love between the two characters. The story does get complex and intricate and I did think the movie was a little too long but there was a lot of story so I guess I would rather them fill us in then cut it short and we feel short changed or cheated. I was and still am trying to find out if The Lone Ranger is a comedy or a drama, well maybe it’s a dramady. Look, let’s be honest, the real star is Johnny Depp and he shines. He does a unique way of telling the story and shows that Tonto was more than just a sidekick which I enjoyed. Tonto brought a lot of humor to this role and it almost seems like Depp was channeling his Jake Sparrow as well or maybe that character can never leave him in the overall scheme of things.
The Lone Ranger has its flaws but I thought it was trying to have some fun and adventure which I give them credit for. Maybe to some they will have failed in this but to me they succeeded. Depp shines and is a pleasure to watch and for me is worth the price of admission; don’t tell me you were going for any other reason anyway. Look, you get all the trusted Lone Ranger things, Silver Bullets, Tonto’s Ke-mo Sah-bee and of course the William Tell Overture. I think you can take a chance on The Lone Ranger but it will not please all…..enjoy it for what it is an action, adventure, dramady…….Hi Yo Silver Away.
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