Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice in Disney’s The Lone Ranger.
Johnny Depp takes on another strange role, but not for him, as Tonto the loyal Indian companion to The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer).
So this is yet Another film based on a classic TV show from the 60?s, but my question has always been, are the public ready for another reboot and a western at that.
Directed by Verbinski who has worked with Depp before on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the movie runs for 149 mins and although at first I thought it was going to be a long movie it wasn’t.
The Lone Ranger does feel like a Verbinski movie with his directing style, but you can tell that the film is intentionally meant to be seen in 3D, with a few scenes having those, “point it at the camera” style moments.
Action wise, the set sequences are exciting and nicely done, although some may be a little far-fetched, but let’s face it the film isn’t meant to be taken too seriously.
It may not be one of Johnny Depps’s best, but he is the side kick in this one and not really the main role. Armie Hammer is pretty good as the reluctant hero.
The film may not be everyone’s cup of tea, some critics have hated it, but you have to remember this is a 12A and is really for the kids for the summer, it is a Disney film after all.
The kids watching the film while I was reviewing it loved it, specially when Johnny Depp came on to the screen and the spirit horse which they loved when it was up a tree!!, though they were a little fidgety in the slower parts.
Not many younger viewers of the film know that The Lone Ranger is based on the TV show, so it is a little lost on them when the The Lone Ranger’s theme comes on and the older audience members, usually the grandparents, start humming the tune.
Overall the film is fun, silly and a usual strange role for Depp, nice to see Helena Bonham-Carter in a role with him again, a good summer movie for the kids and the older big kids that Remember the original.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Justin Haythe (screenplay), Ted Elliott (screenplay)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner