The Lone Ranger (2013)
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Hold your horses, Lone Ranger fans. If you expect perfection, your anticipations will surely be squashed with Gore Verbinski’s Tonto-heavy take on the masked Texas lawman’s story. But “The Lone Ranger” is a great summer adventure for the entire family (if you’re not going to nerd out over the details).
It’s 1933, and a young, costumed boy walks into a fair tent to see the great Western sights of yesteryear. When he walks up to a waxy, wrinkly Native American figure on display, it takes him a second to see that this isn’t a statue. It’s Johnny Depp, covered in fantastic, Oscar-caliber make-up, as an octogenarian Tonto. He retells the exciting tale of his adventures with the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer, great for a family action role like this one) as the kid looks on. It’s a wonderful structure for an 80-year old story in need of a refreshing kick. And the story he tells is as wild and exciting as you’d hoped.
Johnny Depp isn’t Native American, and his portrayal of one has led to some recent controversy. But for what it’s worth, I thought he did a noble job as Tonto. He’s funny, sincere, and definitely memorable as the Comanche avenger. Armie Hammer has an undeniable charm that helps him win hearts as the gallant good guy.
“The Lone Ranger” is full of impressive stunts, explosive special effects, and blockbuster action. It’s what you want to see in a summer movie. It’s not going to win over Lone Ranger enthusiasts or those expecting something not distributed by Disney, but those looking for a entertaining two hours will probably have a high ho good time.
“The Lone Ranger” is now in theaters.