The Lone Ranger is an Action-Adventure Western Film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, directed by Gore Verbenski. The film is based on the radio and television series of the same name. It’s an attempt to revive the “western” film by the cast and crew much like Pirates of the Carribean was meant to revive the “pirate” film. The film stars Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as his eccentric Native American sidekick, Tonto.
The film is narrated by an old, wizened Tonto that was encountered at a sideshow carnival by a young boy (Mason Cook) who, dressed as the Lone Ranger. As you might expect from on old man telling a story to a young boy, it’s a rather fantastic and epic tale from beginning to end. He tells the boy of his friend John Reid, a morally straight and narrow lawyer who eventually dons the mask to protect his identity as “The Lone Ranger”, a masked vigilante who seeks the perpetrators responsible for his brother’s death.
The film features a lot of over-the-top action and some pretty intense scenes of implied and straight-forward violence that can be too intense for the younger viewers, hence the PG-13 rating.
Overall it’s not too surprising with the involved cast and crew this can nearly be seen as “Pirates of the Carribean in the Old West” which is not really a bad thing. It’s a lot of fun and the hardcore fans of the series will greatly appreciate how Hanz Zimmer incorporates the William Tell Overture in the music of the film including the climax of the film. The length of the film was only apparent to me after it was over, it was a really fun ride, a great summer blockbuster movie, worth it to see it in the theater, rather than waiting for the DVD.