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The Lone Ranger (2013 film)

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'The Lone Ranger' Johnny Depp's Tonto is more Jack Sparrow than masked man's bff (Video)

  • Jun 30, 2013

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

So you can imagine my surprise, when I sat down to watch 'The Lone Ranger' and found it filled with one joke after another...and not very funny ones. 

That's right guys and girls, this is an action comedy, at least according to the press notes...And there is plenty of action...Unfortunately, for me, it wasn't enough to save the film.

'The Lone Ranger' actually reminded me of this little ole movie entitled, 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Strange huh?

Not really...Since the director, Gore Verbonski, also directed 'Pirates' and the screenwriters, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott wrote all four movies in the franchise. 

And speaking of 'Pirates, Mr. Johnny Depp (Tonto) appeared to be channeling, Jack Sparrow. But instead of wearing a pirate's hat on his head...he wears a dead crow.

Now, I love Johnny Depp...I think he is a very fine actor, but as Tonto, I just didn't buy him...At times, he sounded like like a bad 'Catskill's comedian instead of a Native American warrior.

As for Armie Hammer, (The Lone Ranger/lawyer John Reid) was absolutely wonderful in 'J. Edgar' and 'The Social Network' but here, he comes off as just plain goofy, but I blame the writers more than him.

However, there are several characters in the film that I really enjoyed....Starting with the 'good guys/girls'...

Silver, the Lone Ranger's beautiful white horse, did a great job...If there's such a thing as an Oscar for animals, Oscar, this guy should get one.

Helena Bonham Carter (Red Harrington) a Madam with an ivory leg, that shoots bullets, is a standout, as is...

James Badge Dale, who portrays, Texas Ranger, Dan Reid, our masked man's brother.

And now for the villains...

William Fichtner (Butch Cavendish) the bad ass outlaw, who's the Lone Ranger's archenemy is excellent...Has that whole menacing thing down pat...

Barry Pepper (Captain Fuller) egocentric, Indian killer is spot on...and last but definitely not least...

Tom Wilkinson, (Latham Cole) a ruthless, immoral railroad executive, who loves a good cigar, a nice glass of wine, and destroying anyone who gets in his way.

The film is very long...over 21/2 hours and it isn't until the last 15 minutes, when the 'William Tell' overture kicks in, that I sat up in my seat...

But, by that time, it was too late for me to give 'The Long Ranger, which opens in theatres, Wednesday July 3, 2013, anymore than 21/1 bagels out of 5.

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'The Lone Ranger' Johnny Depp's Tonto is more Jack Sparrow than masked man's bff (Video) 'The Lone Ranger' Johnny Depp's Tonto is more Jack Sparrow than masked man's bff (Video) 'The Lone Ranger' Johnny Depp's Tonto is more Jack Sparrow than masked man's bff (Video) 'The Lone Ranger' Johnny Depp's Tonto is more Jack Sparrow than masked man's bff (Video)

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July 04, 2013
I thought this was fine, quite ok for a movie for the family. I just thought that Depp's Tonto took over the movie and made the title character kinda irrelevent. It made fun of itself. I do agree that it was a little too long. It was fun but not all that great. I am with you on this one, Joan, despite the fact that John brought up similar points as I have.
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