Posted on 10/19/13 02:03 PM
Set in 1869, a Native American warrior, Tonto, teams up a lawyer named John Reid who is seeking revenge on the outlaw Butch Cavendish for murdering his brother. The Lone Ranger" is a film that suffers from a simple excess. For starters, it runs nearly two and a half hours long, which becomes a problem when you begin to realize that there's too much in the way of plot, yet not enough in regards to what matters. Throughout the film's excessive runtime, there are countless scenes that have you wishing that the story would move on, but all it ends up doing is moving on to another subplot or character that doesn't need to be there.
In the first act the train escape is fast-paced, engaging, and gets the viewers caught up in what will happen next. After that it becomes more of a slump as you slowly lose energy through the bloated run time, only to come round full circle for another big action scene on a train. At this point we should be fully invested in the characters on some level, but due to a lack of character development. It's not long before the tediousness begins to wear you down, and that pertains not only to the climax, but almost the entire film. This film is from director Gore Verbinski, who produced three Pirates of the Caribbean films. The director knows something about epic spectacles I'm assuming, but this time he went a little overboard. He wanted to make this story into something good, but that's not really a template that this kind of story fits into. If he had toned it down a little bit, and done some major editing, it could have worked possibly. There's a decent story in here somewhere, but it's suffocated under layers and layers of garbage.