Based on the radio series of the same name, The Lone Ranger is based on the fictional character, Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer), a masked former Texas Ranger who fights injustice with his Native American friend, Tonto (Johnny Depp). Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and directed by Gore Verbinski, the film recounts Tonto’s untold tales of how the trusty John Reid, a man of the law, was transformed into a legend of justice, telling a story of the duo’s earliest efforts to subdue the immoral actions of the corrupt and bring justice in the American Old West.
To say the least, The Lone Ranger was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, but it really is one long film; there was a whole other story that begun after I thought the film had ended, and I really don’t remember what it was about. Nevertheless, The Lone Ranger is a great western full of some really decent action scenes, but it’s also very family friendly so it could have done better to appeal to an older audience.
From the men who gave us Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger isn’t quite as an exhilarating adventure as Depp’s fantastic pirate franchise, but it certainly gallops along quite nicely. If there are to be more films, however, The Lone Ranger is not a protagonist I’m excited by, not with the superheroes we see leading the action adventures of today. I don’t think the film quite captured the character of The Lone Ranger strongly enough, but it was fun enough for a younger audience to enjoy.
Armie Hammer leads the film well enough for his first big performance, but it was Johnny Depp as his trusty sidekick who kept me interested.
The Lone Ranger was released on DVD on 2nd December.