Movie Review: The Lone Ranger

From the team that brought you Pirates of the Caribbean, comes their newest film that tells the legend of the Lone Ranger, a fictional lawyer-turned vigilante who works to maintain justice in the American Old West with the help of a Native-American spirit warrior named Tonto. Together, the two hide their true identities and fight for justice against the corrupt actions within the Texas desert.

Coming home via railroad, John Reid (Armie Hammer), a district attorney from San Francisco, rides to town in order to meet with his brother (James Badge Dale), the Texas Ranger that protects the town. While on the train, outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), en route to town to be hung for his crimes, attempts to escape with the help of his men on horseback riding along the train. Another prisoner on the train, Tonto (Johnny Depp), a Native-American warrior who was banished from his tribe, tries to stop Butch from escaping, but is quickly interrupted by Reid who sees men attacking the train. Butch escapes and Reid arrests Tonto with the help of his brother. Later, Reid's brother nominates him to be the new Texas Ranger, which he accepts and goes with his brother to find Butch and his gang of thugs. While on the trail to find Butch, Reid and his men are ambushed by Butch and are brutally murdered. With the help of the escaped Tonto, Reid returns to the living, believed to be a "spirit walker" who cannot be killed. Reid and Tonto ride horseback on the sacred white spirit horse toward Butch and his gang, Reid now disguised with a mask in order to hide his identity from his brother's killer. Soon after they locate Butch, the duo discovers that railroad tycoon Latham Cole (Tom Wilkinson) has planned to ride away with loads of mined silver in a "get-rich-quick" attempt. Tonto and Reid blow up bridges and ride atop rail cars in order to twat the schemes of a cannibalistic murderer and a ruthless tycoon in a battle for justice, glory, and a brother's revenge.  

The Lone Ranger, the classic tale of justice and redemption, is recreated very well in this new film from director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The team that brought you one of the greatest pirate film series ever returns with this thrilling western about vigilantes fighting for what's right. Filled with explosive action, classic Johnny Depp comedy, and a good story of revenge, The Lone Ranger is the perfect 4th of July movie for kids and adults alike. A tale that's been told many, many times through radio, television, and film, the Lone Ranger is a character that's hard to forget and even harder not to enjoy.

Returning with the team from Pirates is the incomparable, entertaining, and humorous Johnny Depp, who has tackled roles ranging from a scissor-handed lab experiment, a quirky chocolate factory owner, a Mad-Hatter, and a cartoon lizard. Known as one of film's most acclaimed actors, Depp has pulled off many roles from the weirdest to the most serious. Most famous for being the tricky pirate Jack Sparrow, Depp has proven that he can make us laugh with his physical comedy and his wise-cracking jokes. The legendary team of Depp and fellow actress Helena Bonham Carter, brought upon by director Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland), returns in this film, adding to the comedy and amazing chemistry between the two. Teaming up with Depp as the Lone Ranger himself, film rookie Armie Hammer (The Social Network) brings a new humor and toughness to the character as he dons the mask to deliver justice to the corrupt.

Overall, The Lone Ranger was a entertaining, fun-filled thrill-ride, delivering amazing western action, hilarious humor between Depp and Hammer, and a good story to show how a hero can be born with the power of justice and truth. If you loved the tale of this justice-seeking, horse-riding, and mask-wearing hero with his faithful, mysterious partner-in-crime, then you'll love The Green Hornet, oh...I mean The Lone Ranger (They're kind of the same thing, except one's a western).

I gave this film an 8 out of 10, because it had amazing action, good-enough comedy, and a thrilling climactic battle between two trains divided by one of the longest ladders I've ever seen (Johnny Depp has been really practicing on the see-saw, I see).    

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