Ok! Johnny Depp in another different role with a diverse makeup, but what's the point in doing an altered role when your characterization is all the same that we've seen in the past years.
The Lone Ranger portrays the story of Tonto (Johnny Depp) and John Reid (Armie Hammer) who are in pursuit of hunting down a criminal mob known as the Cavendish gang, because they had messed up with John's ranger army and his elder brother who had ended being killed by Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner).
The main setback of the movie was the length. A two and a half hour is not all necessary, an one hr and a thirty minutes might do. I will not complain if the movie is that engaging and two and half hr long, but The Lone Ranger tested my patience in few sequences and really spoiled my intent in watching the movie.
Few action scenes were well choreographed, but few were really awful and took the experience out of me. Horses appear out of nowhere. Dudes falling from a 100 ft. above the ground on a hardened rock surface ends up being unscathed. And the other main issue of the film was that when the old Tonto tells the story to the lil' kid he covers all the sequences that he's not even present. How could that happen? Maybe he's a ghost, a god? Forget it!
Talking about the direction from Gore Verbinski, meh! he did an OK job. His intent to bring back the Pirates of Carribean fun can clearly be seen, which didn't really workout right after the first POC film. He outlooked the movie well, but the messed up screenplay really spoiled the play.
The screenplay! Why is it so bad? One example is that the movie had three different finales, whenever I thought the movie is going to end another one linked up with it which was quite terrible.
Johnny Depp was splendid as Tonto, but we've seen enough! We really imagine him in that epic Jack Sparrow character and he don't really spoil our expectations he looks very similar to Jack Sparrow in his attitude and assertiveness. Maybe they could have tried a different characterization only for him. Armie Hammer didn't really impress me in the film, his half boiled character really ruined the chemistry that is needed. Everytime we don't really get into these characters which inturn decays the actual strength of the movie.
To sum it up, The Lone Ranger had its moments, but it really didn't workout for me. Maybe this is more like a cartooney kid aventure film which may entertain the teen, not definitely by its length but by the overall drama which is happening out there.
My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM