Disney heads to the Wild West for The Lone Ranger, a rollicking action film that's a good time, though it's not without its problems.
Disney heads to the Wild West for The Lone Ranger, a rollicking action film that's a good time, though it's not without its problems. Armie Hammer takes the lead role as John Reid (aka Lone Ranger), a lawyer-turned-vigilante who gets caught up in an adventure involving an organ-eating villain, a lot of silver, and one ornery Native American named Tonto (Johnny Depp). Depp in an ornate costume plus treasure plus action sounds an awful lot like a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and given that The Lone Ranger is also directed by three-time Pirates director Gore Verbinski, it's no surprise that this film feels like Jack Sparrow and co. just moved westward.
Our yet-to-be-masked hero John first encounters Tonto while traveling by train to see his brother and family. Through a series of mishaps, John and Tonto end up shackled together while notorious criminal Butch Cavendish (a hideously scarred William Fichtner) escapes custody and conveniently disables the train's brakes. Despite a rocky beginning, John and Tonto grudgingly agree to work together when they realize Butch — rumored to have a habit of eating the still-beating hearts of his victims — is responsible for the deaths of their loved ones. Their pursuit of Butch is just the tip of the iceberg; along the way John and Tonto uncover an even bigger scandal involving a cave full of silver and corruption along the railways. Despite so many elements, the film sags a bit in the middle before a triumphant finish. Get more of my thoughts on The Lone Ranger when you read more.