As Americans, we cheer for the underdog, we love the upset, and we love watching the giants of society fall. Disney seems to be the whipping boy of that distinct characteristic, evident by the overwhelmingly scathing reviews in the press before it’s July 3rd American debut.
Disney took an old TV show and revamped it for a contemporary audience behind Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. The movie, under the direction of Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is 2 and a half hours in length and follows the story of John Reid and his evolution into the Lone Ranger, with sidekick Tonto. The story outlines the origin of the duo, and shows the duo in action with exhausting, but thrilling, action sequences.
Tonto, played masterfully by Johnny Depp, is the mortar that holds the movie together as the narrative develops his character and connects with the audience more than the Lone Ranger’s. The movie does nothing spectacular, it dances around the struggles of Native Americans during westward expansion of the U.S., but lacks the tone to properly address or provide any further commentary on the issue. The writing is there, but it’s delivery sometimes lacks luster, and there is nothing audiences haven’t already seen special effects-wise.
Although there are shortcomings with this movie, they do not take away from the entertainment value. For two-and-a-half hours, we are taken to a place in the Wild West as we envisioned it as children. There is no vulgarity, little gore, and plenty of laughs. The Lone Ranger probably fails to reach the lofty standards that people had set for it, but will surpass your expectation in raw entertainment, and maybe remind you why you enjoy going to the movies.
Final Verdict: 8/10, you should probably go see it, even if just to say I’m wrong.
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