Lone Ranger, The
Theatrical Release: 7/3/2013
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Director: Gore Verbinski
Runtime: 149 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Johnny Depp,
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger," a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
This is not the Lone Ranger of TV and film history. I personally believe Clayton Moore would be disappointed. First of all, this movie's genre is difficult to figure out. It is listed as an action picture, a western and an adventure film. It includes humor and at times seems to be spoofing the original series. So a lot of it is comedy. Even so, this is a dark movie in both content and tone.
In this revisionist film, Tonto and the masked man known as the Lone Ranger have a strong argument in one scene and punch each other. Whatever happened to their loyal friendship according to the legend? Johnny Depp is certainly funny in scenes and makes an interesting Tonto but the comedy is flat in other scenes. This picture lacks focus, direction, and a good script. One attempt at humor comes near the end when the Lone Ranger yells his famous, "Hi Ho Silver, away!" Tonto looks at him and deadpans, "Don't ever do that again." I really didn't find it amusing. In another scene a woman is hit in the face by a rock and it is played for laughs. It was so funny I almost forgot to laugh. Oh wait, I did forget to laugh.
I don't like to be so negative and very seldom am but this film was a disappointment to me. One scene shows a dead man's body being dragged and the back of his head is dragged on the ground and a horse leaves droppings on the ground after doing its thing and the man's head is dragged across it. It is gross but not funny. In one scene a few rabbits fight over some cooked meat. I kid you not. This movie is a letdown and not just for its lack of focus. There is strong violence throughout including some bloody scenes. A lot of people are shot. In addition, the language is quite strong and is uttered often. This one is not family friendly and sadly, not very entertaining either.
Sex: An innuendo about wanting to do something.
Language: G/OMG-8; H-16; H (as a place)-1; P-1; A-1; A sign features the word "H" too; D-9; Morons-1; Idiot-1
Violence: A lot of violence including many people being shot and killed; man seen with bloody hands; a man is strangled; a thrown tomahawk strikes a man's hair and cuts some of it away; drink shot out of man's hand; a minister is shot in the leg; many people shot on the train; a man is struck in the nose with a rifle; rifle held on man; a man spits up blood; very bloody hands of a killer seen; a man slaps a man; characters hit with arrows; a character is hit with a shovel; a kid is smacked; a man is shot in the back; dead bodies seen in water; a woman is hit in the face with a rock; a train crashes into the water.
Drugs: Drinking in many scenes; a horse drinks beer and then belches; champagne.
Nudity: Cleavage and some scenes feature strong cleavage.
Other: A man vomits on screen; a man on a train loses a girl's doll outside the window and she cries; a minister on a train is sharing a sermon and a man says that John Locke's book, "Treatises of Government", is his Bible; some people take a minister and Christians on a train very lightly and show a lack of reverence; a cross dressing cowboy; spitting.