The Lone Ranger is the film adaptation of a 1930’s radio show and television series in the 1950’s. It is 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 recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law who dons a mask to fight injustice in the Old West.
The Lone Ranger is a typical big summer movie with lots of action but with very thin storyline, no character development and at 2 hours 30 minutes is almost enough for 2 movies. The movie is not about storytelling but all about action for laughs; it is purely for entertainment although the cinematography and the train action during the first half are worth half of the price of the movie ticket.
The movie is a like a fun ride in the park with humorous moments. It is entertaining but not memorable; made purely to make money. It is full of expensive stunts and senseless killing and violence that most of it does not make sense.
The title of the movie is misleading; the central character is Tonto and not the Lone Ranger. The title should be changed to Tonto instead.
Johnny Depp stars as Tonto, Armie Hammer as John Reid a.k.a. Lone Ranger, Tom Wilkinson as Latham Cole and William Fichtner as Butch Cavendish and Helena Bonham Carter has a minor role as red. Director by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the filmmaking team behind the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.