The Lone Ranger (2013)
|The Lone Ranger|
North American release poster
|Directed by||Gore Verbinski|
|Based on||Lone Ranger by|
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Running time||149 minutes|
The Lone Ranger is a 2013 American western film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and directed by Gore Verbinski. Based on the radio series of the same name, the film stars Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto and explores the duo’s efforts to subdue the immoral actions of the corrupt and bring justice in the American Old West. William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, Ruth Wilson, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter are also featured in supporting roles. The film marks the first theatrical film featuring the Lone Ranger character in over 32 years.
Filming was plagued with production problems and budgetary concerns, which at one point, led to the film’s premature cancellation. The Lone Ranger was released theatrically in the United States on July 3, 2013. Upon release, the film received a negative critical reception and performed poorly at the domestic box office.
This movie is almost two and a half hours long. All-in-all it is a fun take on the old tale. (no new plot here, save for the in depth look at Tonto’s past) Some Texas Rangers get ambushed and only one survives, leaving a Lone Ranger. A dead brother who’s wife loved them both at one point, gives us a great damsel, add her impressionable son, a corrupt train mogul, a scary outlaw who eats parts of his victims, and a pair of hero’s that carry the film with their antics, and you’ve got a good western romp. Depp plays a great Tonto, especially, the old Tonto that starts the flick. My only negative is this: Two hours of s – l – o – w build up for thirty minutes of over the top climax is not that great of a ratio for a film. Thirty minutes of it could have been edited out and the thing would have been perfect. 4 stars, A “Must See” for fans of westerns, Depp, and The Lone Ranger. – MR