The Lone Ranger (Verbinski, 2013)

The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski, 2013)

At times a great adventure mixed with some interesting mythology, but too often interrupted by poor attempts at comedy relief. I really think it’s time for Johnny Depp to retire. He hasn’t been a good actor is almost a decade and is more or less a caricature of himself at this point. He spends most of the film as a distraction from not only everything and everyone around him, but even from his own character. What could have been a haunting backstory was instead just trampled over by goofy ole Johnny. (Granted, the screenplay and the awful 1933 ‘storyteller’ timeline were probably large contributing factors to the terrible treatment of Tonto’s character too.)

the lone ranger

But the film isn’t without merit. The beautiful scenic lands that accompany a western are captured elegantly; there are hills, rocks, sands, rivers, and mines all drenched in a mixture of sunlight and shadow, dawn and dusk, tranquility and action. And the last 30 minutes of fast-paced wild ride is exactly how the film needed to end. An all out fantasy train chase where the laws of physics are thrown away and everything becomes so over-the-top that you can’t help but smile. So much happens, but it all happens with such grace, control, and self-awareness – like watching an actual roller coaster on screen. This makes the movie worth seeing.  6.5/10

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