For the first time since an ill fated attempt in the early 1980s (which you can read about here), The Lone Ranger once again rides back onto the silver screen. This time with award nominated Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar) as the man behind the black mask and Johnny Depp stepping into the role of his Native American friend and partner Tonto.
The Lone Ranger follows the story of John Reid, a lawyer turned Texas Ranger, who works to bring justice to the old west after being left for dead in an ambush by outlaws where he also loses his brother in the attack. With the aid of Tonto, Reid is seemingly brought back to life and with the help of a black mask seeks justice and revenge on those responsible. However it will not be an easy task as the outlaw responsible is the infamous Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner).
The Lone Ranger has what people are looking for in a summer movie. With it being from the same team that brought you the Pirates of the Caribbean it has plenty of action to go around. It really has the feeling of a modern matinee or film serials of yesteryear. The costumes are top notch and the vast settings of the old west are great to look at. Some scenes provide you with an “oh come on” moment, but you do so with a smile on your face. The film builds to a great action climax with plenty of the death defying stunts, action, and suspense you could ask for (complete with the William Tell Overture playing over it). While taking a slightly darker turn on the characters and lore, there is still enough humor and some “camp” to balance it out.
Hammer and Depp make a great odd couple. With Hammer being the straight up lawman while Depp plays the oddball character who seems weird at first, but ends up making sense of it all. Helena Bonham Carter also lends in her acting skills as Red, a brothel owner who ends up helping The Lone Ranger and Tonto in their pursuit of justice. Carter’s role seems limited, but it looks to be utilized more if further movies are made. William Fichtner’s portrayal of rival Butch Cavendish is both dark and menacing. It makes for a great contrast to The Lone Ranger who wears the white hat in this western.
This is one of those movies that should be taken at face value. If you are looking for a great escape or just some fun at the movies, by all means check it out. There is a reason movies like this are released when they are. Sometimes people forget that most movies at this time are here to provide entertainment and a temporary escape from everyday life.
The Lone Ranger is rated PG-13 and will be released on July 3.
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