The classic stories of the Lone Ranger and his Native American partner Tonto traveling across the dangerous Wild West to fight injustice have been an enduring of American culture. Disney’s latest blockbuster, The Lone Ranger, has thrown the iconic duo back onto the big screen for more adventure and action than ever before.
The movie chronicles the story of John Reid (Armie Hammer), originally a “man of the law,” as he transforms into the masked American hero known as the Lone Ranger. After witnessing heinous acts of violence and corruption within the system, Reid embarks on a quest for vengeance and justice through the harsh Texas landscape. Tonto (Johnny Depp), an outcast himself, proves to be a powerful ally both physically and mentally, as he encourages Reid to reevaluate his views on the law and true righteousness. The two quickly cement themselves as a strong force of justice against those who bend the law to their own will.
The movie’s plot was somewhat weak, and relied more on spiritual or unrealistic feats to move the film along. Furthermore, the portrayal of Tonto and other Native Americans may be seen to some as stereotypical; throughout the movie, cheap jokes and one-liners are often said at the expense of Native American culture. The plot is predictable, and fans of Johnny Depp may find many of the antics of his new character too similar to his past role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Gore Verbinski, director of both the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and this new Disney venture, employs many of the same tricks from his previous films. Yet the overlap is not all bad; Verbinski has once again created impressive visuals and action sequences that will have both old and new fans alike on the edge of their seats.
In the words of movie goer Keelin Shaughnessy, “The movie wasn’t that great, but I left the theater satisfied.” If you’re willing to sacrifice a little substance for exciting action and adventure, stop by the Coronado Village Theater and see The Lone Ranger, out this week.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer
Running time: 149 minutes
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material
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Staff Writer Intern