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The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger (2013)

Gore Verbinski

Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Remember about six months ago when all the trailers were coming out for summer and everything looked like magic unicorns and puppies? Yeah, I miss that too. It’s better than the gnawing disappointment.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, is probably one of the most perfect movies ever made. It had the perfect balance of everything, and was incredibly original (at the time). Of course, this lead to high hopes for Lone Ranger. It’s the same damn people after all. But alas there was little satisfaction to be found.

The premise of the story isn’t complicated, yet it gets completely buried underneath numerous, meaningless sub plots, history lessons and a total lack of continuity. I felt like certain scenes were missing in the connective tissue of the story and yet there were whole sections that were better left on the editing room floor. This is especially true for the romance, as it never really makes sense and seems totally inconsequential. Also, I know the wild west was a truly sucky place and violent by nature, but for a Disney movie I found this to be overly violent and gory. To the point of distracting.

Depp is one of the greatest character actors, ever, and it’s no different here. Taking a bizarre character and actually taking a step back with him, the subtle humor and stoic-ness play off the bumbling John Reid perfectly. Proof that he can do flamboyant as well as nuanced.

Even with all the issues of this movie, the last half hour nearly made up for the whole show. Backed by the William Tell Overture and busting up the bad guys on Silver, it was the Lone Ranger in all his glory. It just took two hours to get there.

Almost worth the price of admission for the finale but really only a renter.

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