The Lone Ranger (2013) Movie Review
Released : July 3th, 2013
Reviewed : July 3th , 2013
Genre : Action
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
The Lone Ranger is Disney’s summer attempt at not only having a big blockbuster action film but hopefully also starting off a new franchise. The previews made the film seem like it would be great and the perfect summer movie but sadly it falls quite short.
Story wise this film kinda jumps around all over the place. The main story arch revolves around a illegal plan to run a railroad track through private Indian land to then start a war. Within that though we get the story of John Reid and how he became The Lone Ranger, a back story about Tonto, a story arch revolving one of the villains named Butch Cavendish. Sadly this film does one of my most hated sequences in modern movies with that being the fact that the movie is told through flashback scenes setting up the story. There are some instances of when the story is being told that Tonto (who is telling the story to a child as a old man) confuses and mixes up sequences.
You would think though that with a story that not only jumps around but really isn’t interesting that the action would be decent. Thankfully it delivers on some aspects though. With Jerry Bruckheimer (of Pirates Of The Caribbean fame) I at least knew that most of the action sequences would be on a grand scale and that is very true. Throughout you do see a quite a lot of high caliber explosions along with some big numbered battles. Unfortunately though while many of the scenes remain mildly entertaining none of them had a wow factor. A lot of the big memorable scenes are the ones they drilled into your head during the trailer. My most common thought though during the action scenes though were that I felt as if I had already seen it before. None of the scenes really had that wow factor you look for in a action movie.
Johnny Deep and Armie Hammer thankfully do a good job as Tonto and John Reid. They have good on screen chemistry together with Depp playing the unusual character he has done forever. Armie Hammer surprisingly carries himself well as The Lone Ranger, the one who stands for justice. The rest of the cast however does little to impress or leave a memory with. As usual with any movie that Depp is in, Helena Bonham Carter is in it as well as the head of a brothel who because of Cavendish now has a wooden leg with a gun inside it. She leaves a thought with you just because of that alone. Cavendish played by William Fichtner is decent but I feel as if not only was he overplayed but the look of him mixed with the vibe Fitcher plays with him didn’t add up well.
Towards the end of the film though you do start to feel the movie drag on. Coming in at just about 2 and a half hours this is one of the longer summer blockbusters to come out but it just can’t hold its own for that long of a time. Some scenes could have been cut down in length if not cut out completely.
With talks about possibly making a Lone Ranger 2 and 3 is this is successful I honestly can say I wouldn’t be excited. Unless they change and fix a few things I don’t see the sequels doing any better. That is if the movie even warrants the studio to continue on with them.
At the end of the day I can’t really recommend anyone to go out of their way to see this. Instead of it being the good summer blockbuster I expected, I instead got a very generic action movie.