THE LONE RANGER
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JULY 7, 2013
Overly long and tonally challenged, “The Lone Ranger” is still a visually stunning and eloquent Western that suffers from emotional shifts and a run time of almost three hours. Not completely sold on Armie Hammer as a frontman, his Lone Ranger interpretation is slightly convincing, but not entirely enjoyable. There is little charm or threat presented by him as an actor, leaving the book wide open for someone to replace him. As with most of his endeavors, Johnny Depp brings the humor as Tonto. Unsure why the creators decided to have old Tonto narrate the story when it’s not his story, Depp gets top billing, and I guess that’s all the reason we need. Tom Wilkinson and William Fichtner present admirable performances, both embodying their darker sides. Barry Pepper is never really allowed to shine, his character and possible depth squandered.
The stunning wild west backdrop is stunted, with not as many wide-open shots as I would have desired from a modern Western. The visual effects work wonders, especially with the train set pieces billed in the trailer. Overall, this was not quite up to “Pirates of the Caribbean” standards, but with a healthy score from Hans Zimmer, a darker side to the world of Westerns, and enough emotional arcs to keep you invested, “The Lone Ranger” is still a summer success in my book.
July 3, 2013
by Fran Striker & George W. Trendle
Walt Disney Pictures
(for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material)
James Badge Dale
Helena Bonham Carter