To my great surprise, I freaking LOVED this! Westerns are not my favorite genre, and I am always leery of reboots, because they often totally trash the accepted history of an established character. I confess that I really only watched this because Johnny Depp is in it. I was completely surprised at how entertained I was.
They retained at least SOME of the original back story (I asked my H as he knows more about it than me); Johnny was great as always; it was nice to have the Lone Ranger start out as just a regular guy who BECAME heroic (having kimosabe mean "wrong brother" was hilarious); and the skillful blend of action and humor made for a great flick.
I found the story relevant and compelling too. course I am always for sticking it to the rich, greedy businessman lol. anyway, give this a chance. oh, and they make you wait for that oh so famous theme song. loved it-I nearly got goosebumps when I heard the first few notes of william tell's overture. awesome!