‘The Lone Ranger’ Review

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Dir: Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, Rango)

Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wikinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryant Prince, Barry Pepper and James Badge Dale

Synopsis: Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

 

*Review Note:This is a non-spoiler review as always.*

 

The Lone Ranger, an iconic character to the western genre.It’s been a while since the character has graced the big screen and what better way to bring him back than a big budget summer movie. Of course like every movie – and one that involves an iconic character – it has caused much debate amongst reviews. I’m not one to say their all wrong but I can say I see why they don’t like the movie. Some I agree with but others they should really let slide. It is the Summer Movie Season after all, aka the dumb fun movie season.

The movie is essentially an origin film about how a young lawyer John Reid (Hammer) becomes the masked avenger after coming home and then gets deputized by his older brother and model Ranger Dan Reid (Dale) after outlaw Butch Cavendish (Fichtner) escapes and have to go after him. Once out in the open Dan, John and other Texas Rangers are ambushed and all of them are killed by Cavendish and his gang. John, of course, becomes the only survivor and rises from the dead and is told by Tonto (Depp), who has his own reasons for pursuing Cavendish as well, that he is a “spirit walker” one who has seen the other side.The two team up to bring Cavendish down and stop another greater scheme.

The rest of the cast includes railroad tycoon Latham Cole (Wilkinson),a cavalry officer Fuller (Pepper), John’s nephew Danny (Prince), a brothel runner Red (Bonham Carter) and Dan’s widow Rebecca (Wilson). So yes, there are a lot of players in the game. Some, like Bonham Carter’s character could have probably been left since she really has nothing to do. The movie does rest in the hands of, at least in front of the camera, Depp and Hammer. Fichtner’s Butch Cavendish looks pretty terrifying and is he’s definitely a great addition to the cast.

Depp’s Tonto serves as almost a narrator to the whole movie in a way with a concept that some will probably like or not but it does explain why he gets top-bill (besides being the biggest star in the movie). As for his performance it’s really nothing new. His small ticks and mannerism are similar to Jack Sparrow although it never gets the same charm and wit that Sparrow delivers. Hammer’s John/Lone Ranger does the character justice (no pun intended) and you can tell he had fun with the iconic character.

The movie does cross between different tones ranging from serious moments to humor that mostly sticks between John and Tonto and a bit between John and Dan. Then to darker tone moments that revolve around Cavendish which you will know the moment it happens and also feels a bit out of place in a Lone Ranger movie. However, there’s some other stuff that doesn’t fit but Tonto tries to play into the movie.

Like Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s other collaboration on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies,The Lone Ranger is a bit long. I usually don’t mind long movies but the movies pacing is a bit off at times.There will be strong moments like Tonto’s dramatic backstory, which is one of the best and interesting aspects of the movie, and then it will slow down.

Nonetheless, Verbinski does a great job of setting up the set-pieces and the action sequences are pretty great. More particularly the finale were all the characters come together and all revolving, mostly, around trains which does play an important role in the movie.

All in all, The Lone Ranger is not the same Lone Ranger from the old days. It does feel a bit cluttered with all the characters and some are a bit underdeveloped but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. It really does have everything a summer movie needs; humor, action, and cool characters.

 
The Lone Ranger

4 out of 5

Anticipated Movies of 2013 Part 2

Let’s continue the list starting from May to September

May

3rd: Iron Man 3

            The teaser really set the mood on what’s to come for the third entry in the Iron Man series. With the darker tone and the long gestured villain The Mandarin I think we’re all in for a great movie.

 

17th: Star Trek Into Darkness

            J.J Abrams did an awesome job with his Star Trek reboot that I fully trust him with whatever he does with the series. Now with Into Darkness the villain is being kept firmly under wraps but has been speculated to be Khan, Gary Mitchell, a combination of the two or a brand new villain like Nero from the first film. After seeing the first nine minutes I can fully say this is probably the movie I’m most excited for.

 

24th: The Fast and the Furious 6

            At the moment that I’m writing this there is no official plot synopsis. However, with the new cast of Luke Evans, Gina Carano and Joe Taslim (The Raid) and a possibly exciting story, I’m in.

 

 

June

7th: Much Ado About Nothing

A modern re-telling of the Shakespeare play with director Joss Whedon and many Whedon alumni part of the cast it seems like it’s going to be pretty good.

 

14th: Man of Steel

            Everybody seems to be excited for this one. Either because they want to see how good it is or how bad it is. I’m really on the fence about this one for a couple reasons. The trailer shows us that it will bring us a new tone of Superman that we’ve never seen before.

 

21st: World War Z

            Now this one may have some of you scratching your head. Fans of the book have been looking forward to this. However, some general audiences may not know of the behind the scenes cluster-fuck this has gone through (pretty interesting stuff if you want to look for it). So why did I put this on here? Well I don’t know how many of you reading know me personally but I end up enjoying A Lot movie movies then everybody. Good or bad I just want to see how this turns out.

 

28th: Kick-Ass 2

            A surprise hit back in 2010, Kick-Ass didn’t necessarily changed the comic book genre but it did get a following and made the comic book probably more noticeable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for this.

 

 

July

5th: The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2

Yes, I’m looking forward to Despicable Me 2. I didn’t watch the first one until last year and I really enjoyed it. As for Lone Ranger the trailers have really bought me around but I’m not sold on Depp and Tonto. Sorry Depp fans.

 

12th: Pacific Rim

            I’m a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro and when I heard about the idea of giant robots and monsters I knew he could be one of the few that pull that idea off. The trailer proved that and since then everybody has been talking about.

 

19th: R.I.P.D, The Conjuring

            I’ve heard of R.I.P.D for a while now and the concept of supernatural cops dealing with supernatural crimes seems pretty cool. As for The Conjuring, done by James Wan and based on real Ghost Hunters (not the SyFy Chanel guys) you know it’s going to be creepy.

 

26th: The Wolverine

            You can probably put this in the same category as Man of Steel in where it can be good or can be bad. Everything makes it look like it can be good, taking the popular Japanese arc from the comics and promising statements by director James Mangold and Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman, I think it can be good.

 

 

Aug

2nd: 300: Rise of an Empire, Red 2

            Although not really a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 it does take place during the events of the first and it’s also a standalone movie, taking place during another battle when the Persian’s attacked Greece. As for Red 2, I loved the first one and with another star studded cast I can’t wait.

 

9th: Elysium

            Neill Blomkamp surprised everyone with his original sci-fi film District 9 and everyone has been waiting for his follow-up. Now comes Elysium with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and reuniting with District 9 star Sharlto Copley who’s playing the villain this time around. While District 9 dealt with racial issues Elysium well apparently deal with health care. But with sci-fi of course.

 

16th: 2 Guns

            An interesting casting partnership with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington were they play a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob.

           

30th: Insidious Chapter 2

            James Wan bought the creep factor with his surprise hit Insidious and I can’t wait to see what he does with part two

 

Sept

6th: Riddick

            Vin Diesel returns as everybody’s favorite killer Richard B. Riddick. The story has Riddick left for dead on a dangerous planet and people ready to collect their bounty. Diesel and returning director David Twohy have promised to go back to its darker tone from Pitch Black so you’ll see.

 

13th: I, Frankenstein

            Frankenstein’s creature (played by the always reliable Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Directed by Stuart Beattie who directed the Australian film Tomorrow, When the War Began (highly recommend by the way) and wrote the Pirate of the Caribbean movies, Collateral, and 30 Days of Night. It seems like a cool concept and besides Eckhart the lovely Yvonne Strahovski and Bill Nighy will join him.

           

20th: Prisoners

            About a Boston man kidnapping the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend, sounds like a good revenge type thriller don’t you think? Then with a cast like Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Mario Bello, you really can’t complain.