The Lone Ranger Reviews
The dialogue between the LR and Tonto was excellent. I liked the flashbacks to keep this complicated film on track.
Both actors were good but I like Depp's character the best. Unfortunately there won't be a sequel.
I liked this movie. I didn't love it, but I liked it. Many other reviewers have listed this movie's problems, and yes, there are many. But what I liked about the movie was the way the story was told - through the somewhat questionable memory of an old Indian storyteller, Tonto, to a young boy visiting a traveling Old West experience tent in 1893 San Francisco. I got the feeling while watching the movie that half of the story being told about the origins of the Lone Ranger and Tonto may or may not be the truth - and isn't that the point of a legend anyway?So, good movie, not great, but good enough to enjoy yourself for a few hours.
You could be forgiven therefore for thinking that just because The Lone Ranger had bad reviews it isn't actually that bad. You'd be wrong.
Firstly it is monstrously long, unnecessarily long. It could have easily, easily, have lost an hour of running time. In fact, it probably would have been a much better film if it had done.
Johnny Depp is very good of course at what he is asked to do, the problem is what he is asked to do isn't actually all that good. He is given lots of one liners, and why not that worked very well when he played Captain Jack, but it doesn't work here, in no small part due to the fact the one liners aren't actually that funny.
One example, a horse dies, and he proclaims "Horse dead". I am sure the 8 year olds in the audience chuckled. But I didn't.
The film also keeps jumping forward in time to show us very old Tonto in 1933 reciting the story of the film we are watching to small boy. I have no idea why, it was cute the first couple of times but after that it just got bloody annoying, it kept interrupting the film, and what was worse, it did so totally unnecessary. The whole old Tonto relating the story thing was utterly pointless. It just served to annoy, and add to the already bloated running time.
The plot is a complete nonsensical mess, it's as if someone dropped the script and when they picked it up the pages were no longer in the right order, but instead of sorting it put they just filmed it as it was. The CGI ending is ludicrous, and there is no charm or warmth to any of the characters except Helena Bohnem Carters, and she's only in it for five minutes.
You have to wonder as well why anyone would want to resurrect a character that has at best only limited appeal. The Lone Ranger, I mean really in this day and age? Kids want to be Spiderman, they want to be Pirates, they want to Dr Who.
Who wants to be The Lone Ranger?