The Lone Ranger first appeared on the radio in January of 1933 and the series has been adapted into various TV shows, films, comic books and books (some more successful than others). The problem with this film (aside from the ones we’ll be talking about in the review proper) is that Disney has been looking to make a new franchise in the vein as Pirates of the Caribbean this flick is this year’s attempt. Seeing as all their other tries at re-creating the success of that franchise has been met with failure I don’t have high hopes for this one. The Box Office gross for this flick was well below expectations and the critics were all over it, so I would imagine we have another lemon on our hand. Don’t hold your breath for Lone Ranger 2.
Full review after the jump.
|"A grown man? Talking to a horse?"|
"HORSES DON'T TALK OMGSOWACKY!!11!!"
Okay. So. I need to point out that this film is indeed a better experience than The Green Hornet was, at least for me. While this film has a ton of issues it wasn’t the hallow comedy bullshit the other film was. I liked Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger and thought he did a pretty decent job, all things considered. The William Tell Overture, the classic theme of the Lone Ranger, is used to great effect. What saved this movie for me was the third act, specifically the final action sequence on the train. It was a fantastic mix of action packed and over the top; damn near every single thing that happens during this part of the film is awesome. I say this without a hyperbole: this movie would have sucked if it were not for this sequence.
|Sissy lawyer? Still better than Seth Rogen's selfish spoiled asshole|
|In a better movie I'd care that Helena Bonham Carter plays a hooker|
That said there are point where the movie seems too aware of itself, and that also kind of affects the fun. For example the one time The Lone Ranger yells out his classic catchphrase of “Hi Ho Silver, Away” it’s played for laughs and he’s made fun of for it. Seriously, movie, which are you: a wacky, silly adventure starring "White Tonto" for kids or a cynical deconstruction for joyless adults? Make up your mind!
|White Tonto and his trusty sidekick Whatshisname|
The Lone Ranger gets a very generous 3 out of 5 Adorable Pandas.
- Armie Hammer is pretty good
-The last act is over the top and fun
-Weak and predictable plot
-Superfluous frame narrative
-Johnny Depp as Tonto is pretty damn annoying
-Tries too hard to be a sort of wacky kid’s film
-But also seems to ignore or mock what made the original so much fun