The Lone Ranger review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Everything about The Lone Ranger reminded me of the beginning of The Pirates of the Caribbean series, not only because it stars Johnny Depp and is directed by Gore Verbinski but because it has the same light hearted adventurous tone while still being filled with a good chunk of darkness for good measure.
The Lone Ranger tells the story of John Reid(Armie Hammer), a well respected law man who is forced to don a mask and become a vigilante when notorious criminal Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) escapes custody and leaves him for dead. He finds himself assisted by Tonto (Johnny Depp), a native American who also has a score to settle with Cavendish, the man who wronged him many years earlier.
Filled with the same farcical humour that made Pirates such a success, Reid’s quest for vengeance is not of the norm as this origins story twists and turns in ways a conventional action film wouldn’t to keep the viewer on their toes. Verbinski takes great pride in the way he conveys this story with the film really taking advantage of its excessive budget of $230 million to give you some of the best train related action sequences ever.
The film subverts the idea of the quintessential western as Tonto and John are not the normal western heroes. Filled with life and joy, these two are quite the opposite of the gunslingers made famous by Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. Never the less these characters feel right at home in this tale despite their unusual natures.
Hammer and Depp are great leads as they balance the dark and light elements of the story without spoiling the fun but the film really belongs to Fichtner’s Cavendish who is a delightful addition to the archives of great movie villains as he proves to be repulsive yet alluring as the devilish outlaw, an old school bandit from the westerns of yesteryear who brings out this films conflicts while leaving its wickedly funny centre intact.