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Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp make for an appealing pair of leads, but they're not enough to make up for The Lone Ranger's bland script, bloated length, and blaring action overkill.
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This isn't the complete disaster of Wild Wild West, but that's only because none of the $250 million was spent to turn Kenneth Branagh into a mechanical spider.
Depp has done the kooky, costumed character shtick so many times, it's no longer surprising to see him bury his index finger into the desert sand, then lick it
Verbinski has surely modified this film's running time using dastardly new temporal-distortion technology, so that each of its 149 minutes contains 250 seconds. The South American landmass peeled off from the western seaboard of Africa quicker than this.
Frustrating, lazy and lifeless.
The Lone Ranger staggers drunkenly from antic comedy to soulful solemnity to bloody horror without ever quite settling, or deciding what it is.
Your expectations of how bad The Lone Ranger is can't trump the reality.
The overlong plot lacks smarts; the action (a train wreck aside) lacks thrills; and the cascade of characters (including turns from Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Wilkinson) lack the necessary depth or spark.
The Lone Ranger has its good moments, but it has many more that just don't come together into a cohesive whole.
This movie is almost condescending in its lack of concern for logic, continuity and charm.
An altogether enjoyable summer entertainment that manages, in its own way, to hearken back to those thrilling days of yesteryear.
It certainly isn't perfect, but give The Lone Ranger a chance if you're in the mood for some old-fashioned western adventure fun.
In spite of the length, it's still an enjoyable watch filled with more laughs than expected, or is probably appropriate for the genre.
It is true that it is overlong and has an irregular pace (some editing required), but it manages to be a very entertaining popcorn movie, making the best of it all with a delicious slapstick humor, a gorgeous production design, top-notch visual effects and an amazing score.
While beautifully filmed and with great effects, this remake of the classic TV show suffers from a really long first act. Shortened by about 20 minutes this would have been a much leaner film. It also does not always find the right tone between its silliness and the violence. The great and fun showdown redeems some of that. If only the film had more of that over the top comic action.
The action scenes were well done, and I enjoyed Johnny Depp's acting, but I didn't like the story. For instance, if you are going to native legends to raise the dead, then make the rest of the movie honour native legends - plus if they are just building a railroad, there is not going to be two parallel tracks for the dueling trains scenes at the end of the movie.
The Long Ranger and Tonto battle a corrupt railroad developer.
For an action film, The Lone Ranger is mostly boring. Sure, some of the action sequences are well-choreographed, and the scenes hold a modicum of suspense, but the plot is so predictable that it fails to hold more than a little interest. What is more, the film is a mixed bag of realism and a Cliff's Notes version of Native mysticism. It's not an overtly racist film, but its treatment of Natives and Tonto speaks of ignorance rather than cruelty.
Johnny Depp plays Jack Sparrow without the British accent, and Armie Hammer is about as bland as they come.
Overall, this film is a poor effort from all involved.
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