Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Lone Ranger

The Longe Ranger with Johnny Depp

Last night I saw The Lone Ranger with my girlfriend Sarah. We had both had eventful weeks, and so we wanted to start the weekend with a relaxing cinema date. We also wanted to see We're The Millers, Runner Runner, and The Heat, but ultimately we picked the anemically-marketed Walt Disney Pictures vehicle, mostly because it starred the always-entertaining Johnny Depp.

Lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) and excommunicated Commanche Tonto (Depp) are polar opposites, but when their paths cross via savage outlaw Butch Cavendish (a very bad-ass William Fichtner), Reid becomes the Lone Ranger, and the unlikely duo teams up to bring Cavendish and his gang to justice. They discover through their pursuit that Cavendish, however, is just a pawn in a murderous game of chess.

With A) Pirates of the Carribean duo Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer at the helm, B) composer Hans Zimmer in the mix, and C) a deep cast that includes A-Lister Johnny Depp, Hammer, Flichtner, the stunning Ruth Wilson, the versatile Helena Bonham Carter, and two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the ingredients for a blockbuster are all there, but in the end, the 149-minute concoction is not a tasty one.

The Lone Ranger had its moments, and the closing action sequence is spectacular, but overall I was rather unimpressed by its overlongness, excess and subplots.

Note: I had not seen the Catching Fire trailer on a cinema screen yet, and frankly, it gave me goosebumps.

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