The Lone Ranger $$$
Starring: Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, William Fichtner, and Ruth Wilson.
Director: Gore Verbinski.
The Lone Ranger has arrived in theaters and expectations are high because Johnny Depp and the people responsible for the Pirates of the
Caribbean films are involved. And from the
short glimpses I’ve seen during the trailers it looks as if the viewers are in
for a wild ride.
The movie opens as John Reid (Amrie Hammer) returns home. He plans to bring his idealized notion of justice back to the wild western land where he was born. As it just so happens, the notorious outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichter) is on the same train. Cavendish has a date with the hangman. John interrupts the rescue effort that the Cavendish gang has for their boss and ends up chained to an Indian named Tonto (Johnny Depp) who wears a bird on his head.
I don’t remember the original series so I can’t compare it to this film, leaving me to review the movie entirely on its own merits. The Lone Ranger was a fun trip at the theater. All the way around, the acting was good. As expected, Johnny Depp turned in an over-the-top performance. Armie Hammer was a little too inept for my tastes, but I expect others may disagree with me. William Fichtner turned in a creepily awesome performance as bad guy Butch Cavendish.
Special effects were good. This is definitely a film that benefits from being seen on the big screen. The story line was decent. I could probably pick out some flaws with it, but I was too busy laughing to notice most of them.
I felt that The Lone Ranger deserved a solid 3 Movie Bucks. See it in a first-run theater, but wait to catch it during a discounted showing.
Randy’s Rating System
$$$$ = Full Price See this movie right away and pay full price, it’s worth it.
$$$ = Matinee Catch this as a matinee or other discounted showing.
$$ = Discount Wait until this movie reaches a discount theater near you.
$ = Rental Wait until this movie reaches your local video rental outlet.
0 = No Sale Don’t see this movie at any price.