7 July 2013, Singapore – It has been years since The Lone Ranger appeared on the big screen. With the Pirates of the Caribbean team behind this reboot, we can almost be assured of a film that’s a heck of a lot of fun to see, Johnny Depp acting weird/oddball and horses charging to the tune of the William Tell Overture.
Story wise, we have a corrupt bad guy in power, a ruthless enemy, a man out of his element that becomes a hero, and then Johnny Depp. Sounds exactly like Pirates of the Caribbean. Ok fine, he added Helena Boham Carter into the movie, but if Tim Burton directed the movie instead of Gore Verbinski, maybe things will be a little different. Helena Boham Carter’s Red Harrington could’ve been cut off completely and still not affect the movie in anyway.
The first part of the show had problems with it pacing and dragged on a little too long before we are given the satisfaction of good guys kicking the ass of the bad dudes. Armie Hammer does a decent job playing John Reid, but way too goofy for my liking. The chemistry of between the 2 leads makes the show bearable till the action begins towards the end of the film.
To be rather blunt, other than cinematic razzle-dazzle, there’s nothing much you can expect from The Lone Ranger. My favorite characters? Silver and that dead crow on Johnny Depp’s head.