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The Lone Ranger

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It has been quite a while since I've seen a Walt Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer movie that didn't impress me, so I was a little surprised when this latest version of THE LONE RANGER (2013) starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and William Fichtner hit the big screen.

Recounted from the personal memories of the legendary figure Tonto, we follow this Native American warrior back to 1869 as he shares his tales of John Reid's rise from the life of simple lawman all the way up to legendary status as the famous Lone Ranger. Tonto's most trusted Ke-mo-sah-bee.

Plagued by an enormous cast of secondary characters, viewers can easily become overwhelmed, tiring of sorting through the unnecessary subplots cluttering the already busy script. With over 200 million spent on production costs, I might have expected a more streamlined story and maybe a little more respect for such well-recognized and historically prominent characters.

In reality, maybe I shouldn't be too surprised by the unique handling of the material when we remind ourselves that this Disney/Bruckheimer collaboration is also responsible for THE PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN franchise. Putting a unique spin on the characters was almost a given, although Jack Sparrow's sense of sarcasm could have stayed buried a little deeper in the treasure chest.

Directed by Gore Verbinski, THE LONE RANGER seemed to drag a little as it comes in at 149 minutes. Although definitely a period piece, this film may not appeal to devoted western fans who aren't familiar with the likes of Johnny Depp and his personal take on such a recognizable role. Rated PG-13, Action, Adventure, Western. ** 2 stars out of 5. "Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!" Cue the William Tell overture.

 

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin July 22, 2013
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