I’ve never had a carnival visit as exciting as the one in this movie

Featuring

Johnny Depp as Tonto
Armie Hammer as John Reid/The Lone Ranger
William Fitchner as Butch Cavendish
Tom Wilkinson as Latham Cole
Helena Bonham Carter as Red Harrington
and Ruth Wilson as Rebecca Reid

The Lone Ranger is a fun movie. It has laughs, it has animals, gun fights, and even Johnny Depp. It even brings a heap of nostalgia for those who have grown up with stories of the legendary Lone Ranger, both young and old. Unfortunately, the movie just doesn’t feel like it has a soul. It has to do with the fact that it is, in some form, a reboot of the old radio and television program of The Lone Ranger and the fact that they’re not entirely sure if it’s a kids’ movie or something to remind the oldies of their childhood.

Now, I personally have no problems with reboots of old stuff, as long as it’s done well. Series like the new Battlestar Galactica and the Christian Bale Batman movies are good examples of taking a set of characters and redefining them. Hell, even the Michael Bay explosion fests that are the Transformers trilogy you could argue was done well. In the sense that they were successful and the movies did what they needed to do to entertain their audience of immature boys (and girls) in adult bodies.

The Lone Ranger is certainly entertaining, but not really in the beginning. The pacing is slow in the set up when we meet the cast of characters. Admittedly, there are quite a lot of characters in this movie, as well as the requirement to set up the origin of our hero, so it’s kind of understandable. Then, we get to the two lead characters, Tonto and The Lone Ranger himself, John Reid. I think that Johnny Depp is a great comedic actor, pulling off some good gags as Tonto. He’s brilliant as Jack Sparrow in sight gags and delivering quick quips and one liners and it’s similar here. Unfortunately, Armie Hammer is not as good as Depp and, though he gets some laughs and generally acts like an incompetent oaf, he never really carries the character quite convincingly.

Like I said, this is a fun movie. It’s funny, the cast is good enough, but it’s not great. It doesn’t do anything new with the characters, apart from keemo sahbi (phonetic spelling?) meaning something different to the original. It’s a decent popcorn flick and gives light entertainment, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the price of admission in an Australian cinema. Best to watch the originals I say.

Ratings

Sanitised Disney movie made for someone. Just not you. It’s not quite sure itself. Says it all, really.

Should I watch this?

Nostalgia? Grandchildren? Boredom? Then watch this. Otherwise, do something else with your time (and money).

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