Movie Review: Depp No Hero in The Lone Ranger

lone-ranger-movie-reviewCary, NC – Disney’s The Lone Ranger is the film adaptation of the beloved radio and television hero from yesteryear about John Reid, a former Texas Ranger who was forced to put on a mask and fight injustice with his Native American sidekick, Tonto.

Despite having the entire creative team behind the original and fun Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Lone Ranger forgets to inject a true sense of heroism to its main character and focuses just a little too much on his supposed sidekick, Tonto.

Depp Brings the Film Down

It’s hard to admit that Johnny Depp has actually become a detriment to a film, but I think the time has come.

The actor has amassed an absurd amount of fame this past decade, and to be fair, he’s earned it. He’s turned in amazing and transformative performances throughout his career, and so what if he takes a cash grab every once and a while? This one, is one time too many.

Johnny is almost sleepwalking through The Lone Ranger. It’s surprising, when you consider his past works with the film’s director, Gore Verbinski. Depp worked with Verbinski on the first three Pirates movies as well as the genuinely weird and entertaining animated film, Rango.

Here, Depp barely adds anything to the movie. Yes, he makes the character weird and attempts numerous times to inject humor to the movie, but almost all of it falls flat.

Hammer Does His Best as Lone Ranger

Armie Hammer on the other hand, who stars as the titular Lone Ranger, does his best to bring the hero to life.

You might remember Hammer from The Social Network, where he pulled double-duty as the Winklevoss twins. It was a monumental performance that proved that Hammer had talent and charisma to spare.

It’s a shame then that the film really doesn’t know what to do with him. For some reason, the filmmakers wanted to make his character into more of a buffoon turned hero, even though the original story has him as a hero from the get-go.

Hammer has the hero part down pat, including a jaw line seemingly drawn from stone. When given the chance, it’s obvious why he got the part. Unfortunately, he’s forced to play second fiddle to Depp, which only sinks the film further.

Rousing Finale Isn’t Enough

It’s not all bad, as the film has a genuinely rousing 20 minute finale that almost, ALMOST makes it all worth it.

Verbinski has an amazing eye for action and a special talent for composing complicated sequences in ways that seem simple and exciting all at once. It’s a sequence that’s so much fun that it actually makes you wish the rest of the movie could have at least tried half as hard.

A Bit Too Violent for Younger Viewers

Overall, Disney’s The Lone Ranger is a disappointment considering the potential and talent involved.

Also, I feel I should mention that despite carrying the Disney logo, the film is actually quite violent for the family friendly company. Granted, it is rated PG-13, so parents should be especially aware if deciding whether or not to bring their young ones.


By Jordan Hunt for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie reviews.

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  1. Tony Lynn
    Tony Lynn says:

    I guess we did not view the same Lone Ranger because your review is way off. I disagree with all your points except for the finale, although not like the radio or 1950s TV shows this move was very entertaining, funny and enjoyable.

    Johnny Depp played a great part and made this show flow with joy.

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