THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles on the latest Johnny Depp/Gore Verbinski team-up The Lone Ranger:
The Lone Ranger reunites Johnny Depp with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer to give us the tale of a masked Texas Ranger who fights for justice in the Old West alongside his Comanche sidekick Tonto. Armie Hammer is our hero out of place. He's a bookworm, lawyer who doesn't fit in the role of gunslinger in Wild West, a point that he makes several times. Johnny Depp plays the seemingly crazy Tonto, a face-painted Comanche with a crow that may or may not be dead as his headdress. The story goes that John Reid 9Hammer) is coming to a town near the end of the railroad line to serve as the county prosecutor, it's also where his brother happens to be the local law enforcement. Tonto has been spending many years trying to exact revenge on Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), the man who murdered his tribe. Of course their paths meet as Cavendish makes a daring escape from a train (this is in the first ten minutes of the movie) and then again when the posse that is sent after Cavendish is slaughtered by his gang, including our hero John Reid. Tonto being the standup guy he is, buries the dead rangers and is visited by a spirit horse, who tells him that Reid should be saved and will be revived as a warrior to join him on his path. This is where The Lone Ranger becomes, well, the Lone Ranger.
The first 10 minutes (the train escape sequence) and the last 30 minutes of The Lone Ranger (which also takes place primarily on a train) are really good, unfortunately, there's 100 minutes of movie in between. This movie just wasn't fun and it was told from the perspective of an aged Tonto in a Wild West exhibit at a circus. That did not make sense to me. It felt forced, and very odd. It was nice though to have a hero that didn't go bloodthirsty seeking revenge. There just wasn't much else to really save this movie.
My advice is to save your money for the DVD.