“The Lone Ranger” (Action/Western: 2 hours, 29 minutes)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson
Director: Gore Verbinski
Rated: PG-13 (Violence and some suggestive material)
Movie Review: Older Native American warrior Tonto (Depp) tells the story of how he and District Attorney John Reid (Hammer), a deputized Texas Ranger, becomes the Lone Ranger, a masked lawman, riding to restore justice to the Wild West that is overrun with wanted criminals led by Butch Cavendish (Fichtner).
Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp worked with each other for three of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. They team up again for “The Lone Ranger,” a very entertaining return to a character many grew up watching on television.
“The Lone Ranger” is a well-thought-out film. It has a good story that works with plenty of story telling, which involves intelligent foreshadowing and good characterizations. It is a comical Western. The laughs are as forthcoming as the action. They provide good entertainment.
Depp is good again as an odd character, although it is regrettable producers did not find a Native American to play this role. Deep makes Tonto as solid a character as the film’s titular Lone Ranger, whom Hammer plays fittingly. Hammer has a noble, handsome appeal, a superhero charm. Hammer and Depp are a good team.
Some talented actors join the virtuous duo. Fichtner is cunning as the film’s ruthless villain. He makes Butch Cavendish an intriguing mixture of Dr. Hannibal Lecter and any of the black-hat-wearing cowboy outlaws of yesteryear’s Westerns. To round out the main players, Tom Wilkinson plays Cole a wealthy railroader with an astute appeal.
Add great stunts and visual scenes, and “The Lone Ranger” is spectacular. It is a worthy retreat from the heat as a summer flick. Trust me, Ke-mo sah-bee.
Grade: B (Hi-Yo, Silver! Good!)
“Despicable Me 2” (Animation/Adventure: 1 hour, 38 minutes)
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and Benjamin Bratt
Directors: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Rated: PG-13 (Violence and brief crude humor)