I have a soft spot when it comes to the Lone Ranger and I love a good Western. I enjoyed the Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels TV show like most kids at an age when TV, Cowboys, gunplay and masked men are a fascination - however my interest started years before with the Dell comics and especially the Brown Watson Lone Ranger Annuals.
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Despite being universally panned I quite enjoyed The Legend of the Lone Ranger. Not only was it pretty damn amazing to see the tale of the Lone Ranger unroll on screen in front of me but when discovering his origin the Lone Ranger completely changed for me - he was no longer an out of date illustration on a comics page or a black and white TV show he rode from my imagination into the modern age. This revelation gave the tale of the Lone Ranger more weight and lifted the comics up, alongside the Tarzan of Burne Hogarth's Tarzan of the Apes graphic novel. If you are not familiar with Burne Hogarth's Tarzan of the Apes I recommend you pick it up. The older you are the better it's definitely not one for the kids - unless they are ready for violence, human treachery and brutal law of the jungle killings. I'm pretty sure my folks had no idea of the content of Hogarth's Tarzan of the Apes when I received it. I would say it had a similar impact on me as The Killing Joke or The Dark Knight Returns. It's heavy stuff.
|THE LONE RANGER....Ph: Peter Mountain..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc. All Rights Reserved. (Click to enlarge)|
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.
Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter. A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with a screenplay by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Eric Aronson and Justin Haythe.
|THE LONE RANGER Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger Ph: Peter Mountain ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc. All Rights Reserved (Click to enlarge)|
Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger is the revised origin story of the Lone Ranger and it is pretty close to the equivalent of Batman Begins for Batman. I should stress that I mean that in terms of creativity and tone - not story. The story is very much its own and an inventive take on the western genre.
The Lone Ranger has all the hallmarks of an epic western film, along with some welcome neat surprises. There is a very dark tone to the film which works well, as this really is a serious film about a tough developing country towards the end of the 1800s full of; steel, steam, heat, snakes, danger and men willing to take advantage of others. Some of these men are almost pure evil and indulge in misdeeds that are pretty dark I'm talking cannibalism and coercion of the military into mass genocide. This side of The Lone Ranger is great and an ideal environment for a hero to rise. This is all an engaging adult film addressing adult issues with a startlingly stark reminder behind it of a dark stain in American history.
|THE LONE RANGER..Center: James Badge Dale as Dan Reid. .Ph: Peter Mountain..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc. All Rights Reserved. (Click to enlarge)|
|THE LONE RANGER Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger up to their necks in it Ph: Peter Mountain..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc. All Rights Reserved. (Click to enlarge)|
Depp's Tonto is the crux of the film and has a much more complex weave to his character than you would expect from a film like The Lone Ranger. In the lighter moments he hits the rights notes of zaniness somewhere near the great Peter Seller's performances. There is some great play between Johnny Depp and Arnie Hammer sadly not enough. In some outstanding scenes whilst the world erupts into chaos Johnny Depp hommages Buster Keaton and I loved it. I didn't care if it was stuntmen or special effects - Johnny Depp pulls it off wonderfully and I was a kid again watching the magic of film on screen, timeless entertainment that touches everyone.
|THE LONE RANGER Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger and Silver Ph: Peter Mountain ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc. All Rights Reserved|
The chemistry between Arnie Hammer's John Reid and Ruth Wilson's Rebecca Reid is awkward and clumsy. It feels like Wilson is struggling to find her feet next to strong performers and not given enough to get any traction. But; Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Tom Wilkinson and William Fichtner bring life to their by characters, particularly Fichtner who hams it up as the villainous Butch Cavendish.
|THE LONE RANGER Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger Johnny Depp as Tonto & Helena Bonham Carter as Red Harrington Ph: Peter Mountain ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc. All Rights Reserved (Click to enlarge)|
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Harry Treadaway, Barry Pepper
The Establishing Shot: THERE IS SILVER IN THEM HILLS! SLAPSTICK DEPP HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER! - THE LONE RANGER REVIEW
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