Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer bring their own flair and comedy to the classic western hero but with Tonto as the main star and The Lone Ranger as a costar.
Film making 2.5/5
Bonus Features 2/5
Recommendation 3/5 Stars
Johnny Depp sure knows how to entertain and the laughs do abound with this retelling of the classic masked gunman who is out for justice. The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the masked Ranger but more attention is paid to Tonto than anything else.
John Reid is on his way to a small western town in Texas to help his brother Dan Reid the Texas ranger with a local outlaw. They are bringing Butch Cavendish back to a small town in Texas to hang him for his crimes and John Reid as well as Tonto happen to be on the same train.
When Cavendish is rescued by his gang the Rangers head off in search of Cavendish with John along for the ride but still stating he hates guns so he doesn’t carry one. Cavendish and his gang ambush the band of Rangers and Cavendish himself eats Dan’s heart while John is left for dead.
Tonto happens upon the scene and when he goes to bury John Reid a white horse appears and wakes John up so Tonto tells John he is a spirit walker and cannot be killed in battle. John starts to avenge his brother’s death but only wants to bring Cavendish in for justice still not wanting to kill but seeking justice.
Tonto wants to outright kill Cavendish for his past deeds against his tribe which starts to close the gap about who Cavendish is to Tonto and to Latham Cole. Latham is trying to get some influence in the new Transcontinental Railroad and wants to become a major shareholder.
By the end of the film we have Latham Cole using the railroad to move silver form Indian territory while using the army to kill off the Indians. John gets his justice by killing Cavendish after he is double crossed by both Cole and an Army Cavalry officer who can’t turn down Cole’s offer of money.
The Lone Ranger is a fun ride and really does have its moments but the writing is just not that good with all too familiar plot points. At times I laughed out loud but most of the time the writers did such a bad job that you could see everything coming a long time before it happened.
There was just no mystery to anything and every time anything occurred you knew it would turn out that way because it is always written that way. It was just such a familiar story with only a handful of great laughs to set it apart which are mostly due to Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp is the real shining star of the film while Armie Hammer is a costar put there to help Depp make his case. The Lone Ranger from Disney will go down in history as yet another attempt at reviving a long lost saga and failing to do so.
Video for The Lone Ranger is excellent and with an over the top audio would have really made this film shine but alas with such a poorly written plot to go on we have a wasted effort. Both video and audio are nearly perfect and video only being a small step behind audio but both so nearly perfect as to not matter.
Bonus content is also just a matter of adding salt to a now painful wound as they added just enough to admit they needed something but not enough to stand out. The making of features are well worth visiting once and the bloopers is pretty good but there just is not enough here to matter.
Johnny Depp does bring out the best for Tonto but in the end The Lone Ranger is a bitter disappointment even though it does have its moments. Rent The Lone Ranger for a good entertaining moment or two but a collection is probably out of the question as the plot is just not there.
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