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Review: The Lone Ranger

Updated: Tuesday, July 2 2013, 05:36 PM CDT

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

Grade: C

As a kid, I use to watch reruns of The Lone Ranger with my dad. What made that show special was the bond that The Lone Ranger and Tonto had. I'm not sure if it's the directing or more the chemistry between Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, but this bond between them didn't translate on the silver screen.

In The Lone Ranger, a young boy meets an elderly Tonto in a museum. He starts asking a lot of questions so Tonto tells him how The Lone Ranger became a legend. In his tale, Tonto tells of when he found John Reid after he was murdered along with his brother Dan by an outlaw named Cavendish. He was about to bury him when a white "spirit horse" looked over him knowing that he was still alive. They meet and he nurses him back to health. They realize that they are both out for revenge. John seeks to find Cavendish to avenge his brother's death. Meanwhile, Tonto feels responsible for the death of some of native Americans from his tribe because he saved the two white men that ended up killing them. In addition, his family owes for his debt.    

This film is ambitious, but the story is mindless instead of hard hitting. The film starts out strong and starts dragging in the middle, and just when you think it's at a screeching halt, it picks up at the end in an adventure that you had wished had been throughout the whole film, especially since it's 150 minutes long.

Futhermore, I wasn't a fan of Armie Hammer as John Reid and I kept asking myself who I would have cast instead. Since Johnny Depp is a little larger than life, he outshines Hammer, which makes it seem like it's Depp's movie and it's suppose to be a buddy comedy, and at that a brotherhood. I wanted John Reid to be a little more debonair instead of someone that isn't completely sure of himself. The writers make John Reid a lot more comical than Clayton Moore's character from the TV Series, but that's kind of the approach they tend to take when turning a successful TV show into a feature film.  If you have Depp, you just can't cast someone that isn't also an A-list actor if they are suppose to be sidekicks.

To check out the trailer:

Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A – Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B – Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C – Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D – Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk our of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever

Review: The Lone Ranger

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