The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013)
  • Time: 149 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Western
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Cast: Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter


In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto, at the insistence of a mysterious white horse and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice. Becoming a reluctant masked rider with a seemingly incomprehensible partner, Reid pursues the criminal against all obstacles. However, John and Tonto learn that Cavendish is only part of a far greater injustice and the pair must fight it in an adventure that would make them a legend.


  • I have recently asked to buy this film as the front cover, simply looked good. Im not much of a Weston fan boy but after this film, I will easily and happily say this is the best Wild West, cow boy film I have ever seen! yes even better than Django Unchained! Im glad the front looks good or I may never of seen this.

    This is a great film sharing the tale of a companion ship between a lawyer who then becomes a ranger to fight for justice, And an Indian who has a dept to pay. Being made by the same people who created Pirates of the Caribbean, you really see the great action that appears in POTC every time getting better as the story develops, translated into this movie Weston style throughout, from the funny scene at the beginning, to the final show down at the end and every thing in- between, But with two and a half hours of film, it cleverly presents the slow and emotional scenes as well. I think this film is highly underrated by the score labelled to it but in the end only you can see it for yourself and enjoy it, hate it, mock it or love it. Personally I loved it.

  • The Lone Ranger is Disney’s newest box office flop. Based on the classic radio series of the same name, The Lone Ranger features Johnny Depp – who obviously isn’t a Native American – playing a Native American character named Tonto. This weird, somewhat racist casting choice is overshadowed only by the sheer anonymity of Armie Hammer, the actor who plays the title character. Directed by Gore Verbinski (the man who directed the first three Pirates movies and Rango), The Lone Ranger marks the fifth, and hopefully last, Depp-Verbinski collaboration. The Lone Ranger also marks the millionth collaboration between Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

    The movie is told through the eyes of old Tonto who, while being visited by a young boy in the amusement park, remembers the story of the Lone Ranger aka John Reid and him. This narrative device makes little to no sense since the movie shows many scenes that don’t contain Tonto. I mean, if he didn’t witness certain events, how could he possibly have re-told them? Anyway, the main plot of the movie is that Tonto and Reid form an unlikely friendship and try to catch a dangerous bandit named Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) who killed Reid’s brother and left Reid for dead. The whole plot is rather simple and predictable so I wouldn’t spend much time on it.

    In spite of what it may seem, I don’t consider The Lone Ranger to be particularly bad. Nor do I consider it to be particularly good. The term I would go with to explain this movie is watchable. But the question remains – who would watch this movie? Who is its target audience? The Lone Ranger, just like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, has a distinguishable overall adventurous tone to it and is filled with lighthearted humor; which is perfect for the younger audiences. However, the movie is almost 2 and a half hours long and does get thematically dark from time to time; which isn’t all that perfect for the younger audiences. Although the movie sometimes does seem thematically bipolar, The Lone Ranger, with its astonishingly impressive action scenes and the always charming Johnny Depp, will make your money worthwhile if you decide to see it on the big screen. If you don’t fall asleep because of its length.

    While reading some comments in the internet, I noticed that people have a problem with the movie’s redundant length. I, myself, wasn’t bored while watching but I do agree that some scenes and subplots weren’t really required. You simply don’t need to spend over 2 hours developing the most straightforward story ever – thus the movie would have definitely benefited from being shorter. I personally had some trouble with the humor which was hit or miss and some jokes were really juvenile. However, my biggest problem with the movie was something else – it was the CGI animals. I know this sounds nitpicky, but all the animals in the movie that were CGI-ed (the buffaloes, the rabbits, the scorpions) looked horrible. This movie had a $ 250 million budget. How can you have a $ 250 million budget, be able to create amazing action scenes but not be able to CGI one freaking rabbit? No wonder this movie flopped.

    Rating: 6/10

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  • “Never take off the mask”

    It seems like ages since I’ve seen a western. I’m immediately teleported back in time when I was still a little kid. There was almost on a weekly base somewhere an old western on the TV. Usually on Friday afternoons you could see one on a German channel with Roy Rogers, after a cartoon of “Schweinchen Dick” or some slapstick movie starring Buster Keaton. And in the weekends it was always somewhere late at night on ARD, ZDF or WDR. My dad thought there was only one kind of genre movie worth to watch … indeed Westerns. Everybody was stubbornly silent about the fact that those guys walked around in that time with real crappy guns and probably couldn’t hit an elephant at 2 meters. I promised myself that I’d never see a western again… or someone should force me into doing that. I’m filing this immediately under the term “traumatic experience”.
    And yet, I watched “The Lone Ranger”. Also a bit out of nostalgia. My mother sometimes bought me a comic of “The Lone Ranger”. And of course the portrayal of Tonto by Johnny Depp was also a reason to give this movie a chance.

    It was clear from the beginning that this was a Disney Movie. Improbable situations, surviving a crashing speedy train and reappear unscratched, and Silver performing feats as if it was Rintintin. It’s known that Depp always chooses eccentric characters. And ultimately he always plays them all in the same manner. He always seems to be under influence of some drug. Probably it’ll be “fire-water” in this movie. He really resembled an Indian Jack Sparrow sometimes. That’s a guarantee for some dry humorous one-liners, as expected. And there will be quite a few that will surely make you chuckle.

    Biggest downside for me was that it’s a long movie although there’s very little to say. Some actions were also exaggerated and over-the-top. But I must admit, I wasn’t bored. Some action scenes were very well made up and meticulously put together. Ultimately, it’s not just a straight-on harmless Disney movie, given the numerous cases of victims and some imaginative explicit scenes such as the supposedly eating of Dan’s heart by the really scary and evil looking Butch Cavendish. The slaughter of Comanches by means of Gatling Guns wasn’t exactly suitable for young viewers.

    Conclusion: a relaxing action/adventure comic hero-story with lots of action, but little substance. And I still don’t understand what was going on with those rabbits … serious form of myxomatosis, I suppose.

  • The Lone Ranger is a big expensive movie with lots of ideas. After all, director Gore Verbinski is known for that sort of thing (it’s an admirable trait but it may be his downfall). At a budget of over $200 million dollars, you can tell that every inch of the screen was well spent. The period detail and set design are all top notch. But here’s the thing, a lot of Gore’s films have an abundance of plot threads, tend to be rooted in confusion until the final twenty minutes wraps things up, and suffer from a well intentioned, yet abundant amount of over length. “Ranger” mind you, is one of those vehicles. However, I’m going to hold my breath and recommend it. Yes, it’s an adequate crowd pleaser but it probably could’ve been trimmed down by about a half hour. In hindsight though, this is a film that in my mind, secures its place in any summer movie goer’s checklist. Its got Johnny Depp teaming up once again with Verbinski (these two have a solid track record you know). They’ve made a handful of Pirates of the Caribbean movies together and if you are a fan of those endeavors, you’ll for sure enjoy this take on the famed 1950’s T.V. show. Now it is for statutory purposes, a mild adaptation on that ancient sitcom as well as the 1930’s radio program. But make no bones about it, we’re talking “Pirates” of the old West here. Depp playing Tonto, riffs on his goofy, likable turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in that Disney theme blockbuster (he also sort of channels the voice of his Hunter S. Thompson character in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, who knew?). We also have an up-and-comer in Armie Hammer inhabiting the title role. Despite what you might have heard, I think he was well cast (Depp too for the same reason). The character of the mask hero (John Reid is his alias) needed to have a strong screen presence and an intimidating look. In real life, Hammer is 6’5″ and he puts the napoleon complex of most actors being short to rest. All in all, “Ranger” entertains you with its tongue and cheek humor, its rollicking action sequences, and its accurate, stylish look of that time period (late 1800’s to be exact). Also, it rides the curtails of the trait made popular by the “Pirates” movies in which you witness how many times characters escape death or peril in a 2 hr. 30 minute exercise. To be honest with “Ranger,” I may have lost count, and that was only about an hour in.

    Not quite deciding whether it wants to be an action adventure or a full-on comedy (there are scenes that literally separate the two, especially with the background music), The Lone Ranger tells the story of John Reid (Hammer), a Texas district attorney who while on train ride to visit his brother (ranger and fellow law enforcement officer Dan Reid), finds himself in the middle of a robbery/hijacking orchestrated by cowboy thugs (William Fichtner as Butch Cavendish, is the ring leader with a sort of penchant for human hearts) with nasty facial scars and unkempt, yellow teeth. The thugs escape only to kill John’s brother later in an act of unclear revenge. Hammer’s character decides to hunt down the killer of his brother with the help of an eccentric, playful indian named Tonto (Depp, carrying a dead bird over his head that he actually pretends to feed). By doing this, Reid unknowingly becomes “the lone ranger” through the act of masking his identity via name and appearance. Why you ask, because as Tonto states, “all good men must wear mask.”

    As far as casting goes, Depp plays yet again, a kooky liberated character. Hammer, so brilliant playing twins in The Social Network, is a bold, risky choice that sort of pays off as long you don’t take him too seriously like the more famous Superman and Batman. You see, within almost every frame, there are countless extras and bit parts. But the strongest hint of acting belongs to supporting player Tim Wilkinson (railroad tycoon Latham Cole). As a former Oscar nominee, he gets the film’s juiciest dialogue. He’s truly has one of the best acting voices in Hollywood. Alas, he doesn’t get to spice things till well past the halfway point.

    In essence, The Lone Ranger could’ve done without a few hiccups here and there. For one, I found the present day scenes with Depp as an old man (possibly 90 years old and reflecting on his life via side show) sort of unnecessary but mildly amusing (Was it a fantasy? Did it come from the kid’s mind who was listening to Tonto’s yarn spinning). In my brain I tried to avoid the notion, you know that maybe all the events in “Ranger” might have never took place (I’m not a huge fan of this concept). Also, toward the climatic train chase that really ties the whole thing together, you have an out of place helping of The Lone Ranger theme music coming on. I got annoyed by it because it didn’t actually fit the flow of the scenes (why do the filmmakers feel it necessary to pay tribute to network shows they are adapting. For gosh sake’s the movie is its own entity). Nevertheless, this is the type of cinematic toy that gets by on its strengths. It’s campy goodness that succeeds with the humor and likability of the leads, the Indiana Jones style of escapism, and the rock n’ roll style of Mexican standoffs (I hope Tarantino doesn’t get jealous). I don’t know if I’d hail it as groundbreaking, but with two and a half hours to kill, this is pure summer matinee bliss. And to echo the first part of my review, a plethora of film ideals is better than little or none at all.

    Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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