This movie has had a troubled production ever since it was brought up. With the Disney production of “The Lone Ranger”, it seems like the studio hasn’t taken a break over every little detail concerned with the making of this movie. And who can blame them? Trying to keep the budget under control, making sure the actors are happy, and not worrying if a stunt man has actually died on the set. The movie itself is actually not all that bad, despite what a lot of people are saying. Granted there are some problems with the movie, that’s not saying the whole movie is entirely bad. “The Lone Ranger” is a good action film, notwithstanding what everyone is saying about it.
The story is that after being left for dead in the wilderness, John Reid (Arnie Hammer) meets up with a Native American named Tonto (Johnny Depp). After finding out that his brother was killed by a group of bandits, John dresses up like an ordinary citizen but wearing a mask, and swears vengeance on the group that killed and bringing justice to those who need it. Along the way, John and Tonto discover a plot that involves smuggling silver out of the mountains, so John dons the mask and becomes The Lone Ranger riding his horse Silver and Tonto coming along for the ride.
“The Lone Ranger” is actually not that bad of a flick. The acting is cheerful from the two main leads of Depp and Hammer as they form a relatively good relationship on screen. The rest of the cast does an enthusiastic performance from each and every one who participated in the making of the movie. Directed by Gore Verbinski, who is best known for working with Depp on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, does a good job at handling the situations that are being presented for the audience. And since this is a western- it should be noted that Verbinski and Depp worked together on “Rango”- the cinematography is just gorgeous with shots of New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah looking fantastic on the big screen. The music is a welcome addition from Hans Zimmer, and The Lone Ranger theme, the William Tell Overture, is included as a nice little bonus to the fans of the radio show on which this movie is based off of. The action scenes are spectacular, especially the last act of the movie, are incredible to watch.
But with that being said, there are some problems with the film. For one thing, the story is a bit calculable, and some of the jokes seem to be forced at times. Except for the last couple of lines in the movie, they are hilarious. Some of the actors and actresses only have a short amount of screen time, like Helena Bonham Carter who plays a whore with a gun for a leg. It just felt like these actors could have had more screen time than what’s being offered. The biggest problem, however, is the pacing of the movie. At nearly two and a half hours, the film moves at a slow pace, making the audience wish it was over soon.
In conclusion, “The Lone Ranger” may not be a total disaster for the Disney company, but it is at a good effort nonetheless.