Director: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe
Cast: Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson and James Badge Dale
Studio: Walt Disney
“The Lone Ranger” unfolds as Tonto, recounts the tales of his journey and how John Reid becomes The Lone Ranger. The two form an uncanny team to bring Cavendish to justice, each in his own manner. John believes in non-violence and the court of law and Tonto is just the opposite. The two share an electrifying chemistry and Depp gets his comic timing spot on as the quirky Tonto. Tonto, belongs to a native American warrior tribe, who feels responsible for the death of his fellow men and his family owing to a trade he made with two white Americans he saved from certain death when he was a child. John seeks revenge from Cavendish as he is responsible for the death of his ill-fated brother Dan Reid.
The point of the picture is both the individual journey that John Reid makes to become the Lone Ranger (earning Tonto’s friendship and respect along the way) and the overall nature of the forces arrayed against them. During the course of the film, the whole picture slowly becomes clear about what the bad guys are up to and who is helping them and why … and the climax of the film (the last 20 minutes or so) is just a spectacular action sequence. Here, the Lone Ranger is finally the hero we remember — and so it’s fitting that when we hear the William Tell overture cut in, it’s funny but also it finally fits!
Silver, the Lone Ranger’s white stallion, makes an appearance as a, suspected, supernatural element. Like all such elements in this movie they are carefully crafted so that the viewer may decide if they are real, or imagined. Silver, called only “horse” throughout most of the movie, takes on the role of C3P0 or Jimmy Olsen, and injects a good amount of humor into the movie when Depp’s Tonto isn’t stealing the show with his antics. These often involve the crow on his head whose origin is explained to justify his actions and serves to confirm or rebuke the strongest supernatural elements of the movie.
RELEASE DATE: 07/03/2013