Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger (2013) Movie Review

Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Armie Hammer, Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Ruth Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner
Written: Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio

The Lone Ranger is one of the most sheerly bland and lengthy films I’ve seen in a while. Besides an exciting closing train scene and the tolerable chemistry between Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, the film is tonally undecided and is just a boring watch overall. 

There comes a time when good man must wear mask.

There’s a lot going on in Lone Ranger, but the long and short of it is this. Told from the perspective of Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) as he recalls his adventures with a ranger named John Reid (Armie Hammer). John was originally a man of the law but turns into an outlaw because the town he works for is corrupt. Tonto and John cross paths and decide to band together despite their differences, mainly in the fashion department.

If we ride together, we ride for justice.

Johnny Depp is fine as always as Tonto, but I never felt any kind of attachment to his character. Same thing with Armie Hammer, I never felt any kind of chemistry between them. The great supporting cast that includes William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ruth Wilson are all firm, but are wasted, and the villains are unbelievably weak.

Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) sure knows how to make a film look expensive. Every set piece look very costly and makes the film feel much more cinematic, but its weak script with many cringe-worthy dialogues, unbalanced tone, flat plot, too long running time, and the lack of any real chemistry between its leads, hurt the film deeply.

Survi Verdict: I enjoyed the final action scene, but The Lone Ranger is a boring movie with an extremely lengthy ending and performances drifting from mediocre to terrible. The Lone Ranger looked sang-froid, sounded poise but just a failed faux of Pirates in the West.

Survi Review: 1/5 (rated 0.5 more for Depp)

Theatrical Trailer

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