Synopsis: A newly-deputized Texas Ranger is left for dead and, seeking justice, dons a mask so he can hunt down the outlaws that murdered his brother.
Who’s in it? The movie stars Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, William Fichtner and Ruth Wilson.
Review: To be perfectly honest with you, “The Lone Ranger” wasn’t very high on my “to-watch” list. I wasn’t that big of a fan of the series, not crazy about westerns in general and, even though there were some big names starring in this movie, I just didn’t know if it would be any good. However, I finally got around to watching this movie over the weekend and have to admit, it was better than expected.
I think the thing that really won me over about this movie was how it was told from Tonto’s (Depp) perspective. This, to me, was a stroke of genius because it allowed for a comedic twist (pulled off brilliantly by Depp). In comparison, had this movie been from the Lone Ranger’s (Hammer) perspective, I think the story would have been kind of bland because of his serious nature and strict moral code.
Another thing that surprised me about this movie was the decision to make the bad guy, Butch Cavendish (Fichtner), a cannibalistic, evil spirit. At first, I wasn’t sure about this plot twist but, as the movie progressed, I found it made things much more interesting because defeating him wouldn’t be as simple as winning a gunfight. It gave the movie a bit of a horror-movie twist while still being suitable for my oldest daughter.
My biggest complaint about the movie is there were some scenes that might have been a bit too crude, such as the scene involving Hammer being dragged through horse manure. The film really didn’t need scenes like that and ultimately resulted in me giving it a lower grade.
Final Opinion: Other than the crude scenes I mentioned before, the writers did all the right things when it came to this film. As I said before, I’m not a fan of westerns. However, I was a fan of this movie.
My Grade: B