Monday, July 1, 2013

"The Lone Ranger": Good or Bad?

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How do you rate it?

"The Lone Ranger is a drag as an action movie" - The Wrap

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

The Lone Ranger brings together Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, who team up to root out greed and corruption in the American Old West period. When Texas ranger John Reid's unit is ambushed by a gang of a fierce outlaws, led by Butch Cavendish, every lawman was killed, except for one. A Native American (Tonto) passes by and saves the survivor's life, who later becomes known as the vigilante Lone Ranger.

The movie looks adventurous and humorous enough to become one of this summer's hits. However, is it brilliant or just about average? Find out below:

Note: Whereas film critics slammed the movie, I find it very amusing!
After proving himself a crack shot on his first pranky Western, the animated Rango, Gore Verbinski appears not to have had enough ammo left over to score as well with The Lone Ranger, a moderately amusing but very uneven revisionist adventure with franchise and theme park intentions written all over it.


The Lone Ranger is deathly dull, which is quite a shame as it not only has a decent conceit for a Western, but also has an obvious appreciation for the history of the Western and films in general. The main problem arises in the tonal imbalance resulting in a bloated effort that wants to not only play in the sandbox of history, but also satisfy modern day audiences with massive set pieces, explosions and misfired attempts at comedy.

"The Lone Ranger" is a drag as an action movie, it's not funny in its attempts at self-parody, and it feels like a Western made by people working off a checklist of tropes without ever really understanding the genre. Verbinski and his writers have taken a promising idea and put a silver bullet in its head.

Transplanting the Pirates Of The Caribbean aesthetic to the Wild Wild West proves disastrous in The Lone Ranger, an indigestible swill of forced humour and oversized, overbearing action sequences. Reuniting the Pirates franchise’s creative team of director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Johnny Depp, this origin story of the iconic American cowboy character has plenty of combustion, but it’s almost entirely devoid of charm or genuine excitement.
Simply put, the actual story (once it's finally put into motion) is dreadfully dull. The short version is essentially this: after his brother is murdered by the flesh eating baddie Butch Cavendish (a disgusting and barely recognizable William Fichtner), noble lawman John Reid (Armie Hammer) teams with the noble Indian Tonto (Depp) who saved his life, and together they investigate why Dan Reid was killed, and try to find some justice. As a John Locke reading modern man, Reid puts his faith in The System, while Tonto is more eager for blood, with Butch just one part of a bigger picture that explains why this Indian rides alone. But the boring truth revolves around land treaties and valuable real estate, and you'll figure it all out long before the characters on screen do, which is a major problem.

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson and others.