Title – The Lone Ranger (2013)
Director – Gore Verbinski (Mousehunt)
Cast – Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper
Plot – Native American Indian and outright loon Tonto (Depp) must team up with the left for dead lawman John Reid (Hammer) and set out to stop a bunch of no good evil doers lead by the nefarious Butch Cavendish (Fichtner) therefore creating a vigilante team like the Wild West has never seen before.
“If we ride together, we ride for justice”
Review by Eddie on 18/11/2013
The Lone Ranger is rock solid proof that a big budget does not a good movie make. Criticism has actually been thrown back to those that looked upon the budget and production of this film and took it apart and whilst this is somewhat unfair The Lone Ranger’s problems do seem to extend from a lot of cash for horses, trains and explosions and not a whole lot of thought about how to construct a good and involving story, for while trying to appeal to many masters The Lone Ranger ends up mastering none.
Unsure of whether it wants to be a comedy (drunk horses anyone?), an action driven movie (there is one high body count for a Disney movie), a dark prose of the white man/Indian time of America (witness a sad little Tonto in his burnt down village) or a mismatched buddy comedy (Depp and Hammer have a somewhat unique bond here) The Lone Ranger’s tone shifts far too many times throughout it’s bloated 140 minute plus runtime to ever feel cohesive. This lack of a film soul really works against the film, as many times one will wonder why on earth one scene has happened to the next and an abundance of characters coming and going only increases the feeling that too many voices had a say in the writing process. Criticising the film in this way only increases the letdown feeling one gets, due to some elements of the film that promise a much better picture.
Director Gore Verbinski certainly knows his way around an action set piece, and The Lone Ranger has many commendable such moments that made his original Pirates of the Caribbean such a joy. It is in the more practical and stunt driven scenes where this again shines, while the seriously suspect CGI works against some of the more overwrought and downright cheesy action scenes (horse on a burning barn roof anyone?). Some scene stealing supporting actors such as William Fichtner and James Badge Dale also seem to come from a much better film. In regards to the leads, Depp has his moments although his shtick is wearing somewhat thin, and Hammer doesn’t really get out of first gear with his supposed hero and one feels in the end he was miscast in his first leading man duties.
I really wanted to like and enjoy The Lone Ranger, but not once did I ever feel truly entertained by the picture that so clearly wanted to be the Wild West version of Pirates of the Caribbean. Upon conclusion one gets the sense that somewhere out there in this wide world of ours there was a much better and more productive way to spend 200 million dollars.
2 dead crows out of 5