The Lone Ranger
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First the disclaimers: 1). If one goes to the super market and shops for steak and only brings home cheese, then one is diss-appointed, but if one goes for cheese and brings home some of the best cheese out there then they should feel elated. When you see this movie expect over the top action, funny sequences and a modern retake of the original interplay between the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Don't expect this to be a somber tribute or the old TV series and you'll be able to enjoy it for what it is.
2). I'm only part native but I have been asked "What tribe are you from?" by perfect strangers before I've had the chance to speak more than three words to them.
There are plenty of reviews praising this movie and some reviews which don't understand certain things. I can't shed light on everything, but let me shed light on why this movie is deeper than what most people suspect.
I've been subjected to a lot of the myths and the stories from the drum circles and the dream keepers and I can shed some light on the oddities in this movie.
Here's some things to keep in mind while watching this movie:
Johnny Depp showed a deep sadness and a deep madness (part of being manic depressive) - Most Native Americans can say they lost a relative who died of the depression. The spirit sickness. Sometimes those who get overcome by the depression spend half their time laughing and cracking jokes and half their time wishing to die. Their minds only maintain balance if they are forced to focus on something important in their daily life.Read more ›
Johnny Depp was, in my opinion, wonderful as a slightly edgy Tonto. His comedic and dramatic timing were right on target, and his interpretation of Tonto -- as he was written for this movie -- was well done. The same can be said for Armie Hammer in the lead role. We watched his character evolve into The Lone Ranger in a remarkably believable manner. The character was definitely different when compared at the beginning and ending of the movie. We thought that the concept of Silver, and from where he came, was creative and added well to the story. There was a LOT of laughter, cheering and even some booing (at the villains). The line between the good guys and the bad guys was boldly drawn in the desert sand, and the audience reacted well. There were tragic parts that were so sad that I could have heard a pin drop.
Was it a cinematic masterpiece? No.
Were there overly long, boring parts? Yes, two to be exact.
Was the love story epic? Nope.
Were some parts predictable? Yes.
Was the movie true to the '50's tv show? No... and thank goodness. It was clearly not meant to be identical to the series, instead trying to bring a new twist to an old favorite. I think it paid homage in a grand fashion, and stayed true to itself at the same time.
Basically, if you like movies that have light-hearted humor, sarcasm, some (somewhat brutal) violence, good vs evil, and two pleasing-to-the-eyes heroes, then this is an enjoyable 2+ hours. There were children of all ages present, and they all seemed to love it. Recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took me two years to watch this movie because of the all the negative things I heard said about it. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by JEFF HILL
Overly panned by the critics, its as good as any films Depp's done on the lighter side (like the Pirates movies) Its important to remember that he's reimagined the partnership of... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Told in flashback a lawyer returns to his home in Texas via train, a villain is aboard and able to escape. Read morePublished 2 days ago by ellison
A little different story from the "legend," however with artistic license it comes across as entertaining. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dick Ross
It is such a him movie. Its weird, scattered, and than it comes full circle.Published 4 days ago by Kimberly Newcomer
great johnny humor, love his expressions, the movie is a bit cheezy but can be overlooked because of the great way that johnny does tanto. Read morePublished 6 days ago by ColesLeather