Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in The Lone Ranger, from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Director Gore Verbinski. It’s a wild ride of high velocity action, explosions and gunfights that brings the famed masked legend to life through brand-new eyes. The Lone Ranger (Hammer), the last of his kind, teams with Tonto (Depp), a dark and mysterious vigilante, to seek vengeance after justice has failed them. It’s a runaway train of epic surprises, as these two unlikely heroes must learn to work together before the ultimate showdown between good and evil explodes.
Growing up I watched the Lone Ranger with my Dad on TV. I absolutely loved the series and looked forward to its time slot. When it came out on DVD I went out and got myself a copy. I’m a big fan of old Westerns and The Lone Ranger is probably one of the most iconic western figures that I can think of.
When I found out that Disney was bringing The Lone Ranger to the big screen I was excited, and then apprehensive when I found out Johnny Depp would be playing Tonto. Now, I am a big Johnny Depp fan, don’t get me wrong, but I was disappointed that they had not cast an actual Native American for the role. I suppose the reason was that they wanted block-buster quality actors – although it could be that they didn’t think an actual Native would take the role. Tonto’s character is present in the movie for comic relief, and he does do a good job at creating a caricature.
Armie Hammer on the other hand was the perfect Lone Ranger. He was just full of the charm and charisma that makes the Lone Ranger what he is. I was really impressed by just how well he fit the role.
The movie open with an older Tonto, living in early-1900s San Francisco, and it turns out he is telling the story that unfolds. Why this was done and the point of it was never established, and I thought it a little bit weird. That said, it suited the tone of the movie which switched from the comedic right into action filled scenes and even into artsy serious moments. I was left a little confused over what the movie was trying to be, however there is one thing I am sure of, and that is that this movie is entertaining.
The Lone Ranger was not perfectly done, but I think it was done in a manner that made this iconic figure exciting and relevant to today’s audience.
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!