The Lone Ranger (2013)

Written by Rebecca Dendroff

Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Action/Adventure/Western
Running time: 150 minutes
Classification: PG13 – Some Violence
Release date: 4 July 2013
Rating: 3/5

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, comes the film The Lone Ranger, a thrilling adventure infused with action and tons of humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.

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In this film, a native American spirit warrior named Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legendary figure of justice – taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes learn to work together as a team and fight against greed and corruption.

What brings our two heroes together is the villainous Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) who massacres the rest of the Rangers and supposedly eats the heart of Dan Reid (James Badge Dale), John’s brother.

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Despite it’s poor scripting and rather unnecessary gruesome scenes involving implied cannibalism, this film is probably one of the funniest that I have seen in theatres so far. The comedic banter between the two leading characters Tonto and Reid will have you laughing non-stop.

We feel that what the producer and director were trying to aim for was a comedic kind of film that at some point in time would turn out to be a little empty and they probably knew that. But their main focus this time seemed to be the laughs from the audience and not so much of the story, which is why many might think was a failure to begin with.

It’s also sort of a moral learning kind of film, as it is with all Disney film. The underlying theme for The Lone Ranger would be the term ‘savages’ as it explores the Native Americans fighting against team of Americans who want to eradicate them from their land so as to build the Iron Rail. Both sides wage a war and there are a massive number of losses, after which you see who the savages really are. It was truly a devastating sight to see lives lost in just a moment.

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If this isn’t enough, then we’re sure many of you will be entertained by Johnny Depp’s antics once more. Known for his quirkiness and the eccentric roles that he takes on, he pulls off Tonto perfectly even though he may at times bring in some of that pirate attitude. But don’t deny that you all don’t enjoy it. Plus points here for that fact that Depp shares something in common to Tonto, claiming to be part Cherokee, let’s hope he doesn’t have to keep feeding a dead crow all the time.

All in all, this film is a just for laughs sort of film that you should catch with your friends for a good laugh, take a break from the stoic reality Western style. The Lone Ranger is out now in theatres islandwide!

Check out the trailer below!

(Disclaimer: All films reviewed are for educational purposes only and not meant for commercial exploitation.)

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