The Lone Ranger (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5


Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Ridiculously Long Ranger

After notorious outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) ambushed a group of Texas Rangers including idealistic lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer), mystical Indian Tonto (Johnny Depp) comes across their dead bodies as well as a spirit horse leading to him bringing Reid back from the dead. Together this unlikely duo set out not only to bring Cavendish to order but for Tonto to get revenge on a man who betrayed him many decades earlier.

There is no denying that "The Lone Ranger" is a crowd pleaser for a modern, young audience. There is plenty of comedy, there is a lot of action, there are over the top characters. And on top of that there is Johnny Depp delivering the sort of over the top character he is so good at and for once doesn't just rely on giving the audience some Captain Jack Sparrow.

But for those who don't fit the profile of CGI loving, Johnny Depp obsessed it has to be said the "The Lone Ranger" is a long movie which whilst entertaining in part also ends up far too daft and in truth a bit of a bore. Much of that is down to two things, one it is far too long, seriously and 90 minutes this movie would have been stretching its storyline out. The second is that it relies far too heavily on Johnny Depp to make it work and if you are not a huge fan then it offers up little in the way of variation. And of course those who remember watching "The Lone Ranger" TV series as children are probably going to hate this for destroying what it was all about.

What this all boils down to is that for me "The Lone Ranger" whilst entertaining in bits didn't work as a whole and relies too heavily on the audience watching for Johnny Depp rather than for anyone else.


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