Eye Candy. That was really my first, and incredibly shallow, thought when I heard about this film. Next, I had questions about the casting and how this story was going to be portrayed with Johnny Depp playing the role of the Lone Ranger's native American sidekick, Tonto. The trailers looked interesting, but I still wasn't sure about Depp's accent and if I'd be able to believe him in the role. In the end, I went in with the idea that this should be viewed in the same humour vein as "Pirates of the Caribbean," and, with this in mind, I did settle in to his portrayal of a comedic, and troubled, Tonto.
This is a big story. The film is Tonto's telling of how District Attorney John Reid became the Lone Ranger. But it's also the story of how Tonto became Tonto, of his relationship with his Comanche tribe, of the Comanche relationship with the settlers, of Reid's relationship with his brother, the sheriff, and with his brother's wife who used to be his girl. It's a story of the building of the railway, and of corruption, and the tension between justice and revenge. And it's the story of both Reid and Tonto's relationships with the truly horrible outlaw Butch Cavendish.
It's also a comedy and a western and an action film.
The running time on this film is 149 minutes. To be honest, I think the movie runs slow in the beginning and could use some editing. The last 30-40 minutes or so are full of action and excitement and by far are the best part of the movie. Did I enjoy the movie? Yes. So did my friend, Kristina, who came with me. Was it our fave? No.
The movie is rated PG13 for "sequences of intense action and violence and some suggestive material." There was one scene I found difficult to watch, but really very little actual intense violence is clearly shown. A lot however is suggested, and parts may be disturbing to younger kids. I think the main reason I won't be sharing this movie with Little Boo (age 7) is that I think he would get bored as the story is developed early on.
My rating - 3.5/5
I probably wouldn't rush out to see it again, but I did enjoy it for the most part, and certainly don't regret seeing it. Helena Bonham Carter as the madam with an ivory leg? Awesome!
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- “The Lone Ranger” T-shirt
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- “The Lone Ranger” USB key
- “The Lone Ranger” mask
- “The Lone Ranger” movie poster
- $25.00 gift card for EB Games
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Disclosure: I attended a media preview event for this film in Toronto. I also received some Lone Ranger merchandise, but no other compensation for this post.