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The Lone Ranger Review

The latest iteration of The Lone Ranger has hit the big screens and while it is actually fairly entertaining, there are some issues that bring it down a little bit.

Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland) stars as Tonto, an Commanche Indian in the late 1800’s. The story is presented as a narrative told by Tonto of how events in the life of John Reid (Armie Hammer) led to him changing from a man of the law to the now legendary Lone Ranger. It’s basically a tale of revenge for both Tonto and Reid as they team up in a collective effort to get their own back against the menacing character that is, Butch Cavendish (William Fitchner). Tom Wilkinson (The Green Hornet, Valkyrie) plays the villainous businessman Cole.

My first gripe with the film is the fact that I can’t remember the last time I saw so many individuals die in a PG-13 movie, especially one brought to you by Disney. Granted, there is not much gore, but the fact remains that many, many men lose their lives. Now, in and of itself this wouldn’t have bothered me, but this is supposed to be a family friendly movie, where parents are supposed to take their kids to enjoy an age old tale of a character, and one that started life as a radio serial. Instead it comes to life as a pretty violent wild west action movie.

Overall the movie is entertaining, with Depp and Hammer’s interactions delivering quite a few giggles throughout. Wilkinson and Fichtner play well as the bad guys, although Ficthner’s gruesome nature seems a little out of place in a family movie. Depp plays yet another quirky character, with some really good one liners, especially his revelations about a certain horse. Armie Hammer stars in his first big screen starring role and delivers a solid, but not special performance. Overall the casting is good, but I do think there are a few characters who don’t really add anything to the overall experience.

Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) directs and his visual style is apparent from the very first scene. His love of action set pieces is also very clearly visible and at times take it a little bit too far. Visually I can’t really fault the movie, apart from a few bits of shoddy CGI, everything looks gorgeous and authentic. My other gripe with the film is the musical score. Simply put, it completely ruined some moments of the film for me, because it is just totally overpowering. The music is simply too much.

At the end of the movie, I walked out feeling entertained but not exactly thrilled. Depp does what he does best and Verbinski brings more of his familiar style to the viewer but sometimes pushes it too far. I would recommend watching the Lone Ranger with a couple of friends if you really have nothing better to do, but I certainly don’t consider it to be a big screen must.

The Lone Ranger scores a pretty average 6 /10.

6-10

The Lone Ranger is showing at Major Cineplex Samui from the 4th of July.

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