Johnny Depp. Admit it. Those two words are the real reason you went or are planning to see this movie. While the film has much more going for it then just that,it’s no secret that without Johnny Depp’s commitment to the film,it would have bombed at the box office and lost Disney ALOT of money-Wait,what’s that? The Lone Ranger IS failing at the box-office? And it IS loosing Disney alot of money!? huh…….. Well…..to be honest……it’s not entirely hard to see why.
First things first,if you like Pirates of the Caribbean,then you’ll love this. Me personally? I’m not gonna lie,i love Pirates of the Caribbean as well. They’re undeniably flawed,to be sure,but they still provide a fun ride. The same can be said for The Lone Ranger. While clocking in at around 2 and a half hours,the movie’s story isn’t it’s strongest aspect. it’s strongest aspect is,(surprise surprise) the very creative action sequences that are littered throughout the film.
As i mentioned before,Johnny Depp plays the most memorable role here as Tonto. He’s just a brilliant actor,there’s no denying that. the facial expressions,the way he delvers his dialogue,are all spot on. I thought this was nearly on par with his Jack Sparrow character.
Armmie Hammer however,plays a decent Lone Ranger,but next to Johnny Depp,it becomes very clear that the people making them movie didn’t want the spotlight to be on him as much as Tonto (even though the friggen MOVIE is called “The Lone Ranger”!!) That beings said,i think he does a good job with what he’s given. He’s more of your typical action hero with a little bit of wit and ALOT of acrobatic talents. My big problem with The Lone Ranger,as a character,is that his character starts off one way,and never changes during the film.
At the beginning of the movie,The Lone ranger is shown to be a good hearted yet strong symbol of justice. This character trait however,i don;t feel ever get’s tested. His most noteworthy character quirk is he doesn’t use guns. (Batman, anyone?) But that really goes NOWHERE. The most change this guy goes through in the film is that he put on a mask. that’s it!! I would have liked it better if they had spent time on his character a bit more.
One thing i have to say i LOVED about this movie though,is the cinematography,and the landscapes that were shown. Madeleine Keesmaat- Walsh pointed out to me just how amazing some of the shots of the old western fields in the film looked,and i couldn’t agree more. Everytime there was a scene that had action in it (or even just one of the train scenes) you really got the sense of inspiration,energy,and wit. It’s definitely clear that the western genre is something that the filmmakers here are really passionate about.
Overall,The lone Ranger is definitely a mixed bag. But a very entertaining mixed bag. I definitely had a great time watching it,and would most definitely watch it again. But there are just some flaws that i think with a little more work,could have been overlooked. Now just before i finish up with this review,one last thing i would like to mention the theatre that i saw this movie at was highlands cinemas. http://highlandscinemas.com/ It’s a truly amazing place,and i am SUPER grateful to Madeleine Keesmaat-Walsh for introducing me to it. i highly recommend visiting their website,and given them a visit. It’s truly an experience i won’t forget. Overall though,i give the Lone Ranger a 6 out of 10.