The Lone Ranger (2013)

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6.42 h 29 min2013X-RayPG-13
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the story of his friend John Reid - a young man who donned a mask to seek revenge but became a legendary lawman in this big, brash adventure.
Directors
Gore Verbinski
Starring
Johnny DeppArmie HammerTom Wilkinson
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WesternAction
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
William FichtnerBarry PepperJames Badge DaleRuth WilsonHelena Bonham CarterMason CookJ.D. CullumSaginaw GrantHarry TreadawayJames FrainJoaquin CosioBryant Prince
Producers
Jerry BruckheimerGore Verbinski
Studio
BUENA VISTA PAY TELEVISION
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Mark KittellReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Throw out what you "expected" to see, and this film becomes a highly entertaining ride
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I was channel surfing recently when I noticed that the 2013 film The Lone Ranger had just started. There wasn't much else of interest to watch, and I thought I'd give it go and see just how "bad" it was. I remembered being off-put by the image of Johnny Depp as a Native-American with a dead bird on his head (“tonto” translates as “fool” in Spanish), and I assumed that this wasn’t a serious retelling based on the iconic television series that I recalled from my youth, maybe even worse than 1999’s The Wild, Wild West with Will Smith. Apparently most reviewers felt the same way, as it was almost universally panned, although the train finale was generally reluctantly praised. On this initial viewing I kept asking myself “what the heck is this?” The elements for a dark “origin” story were there, but that possibility was undercut by the John Reid character more bumbling into rather than evolving into the masked crusader. There were also so many bad guys it was hard to keep track of just who we were to focus on as the principle villain. And then there was Depp injecting his usual “weirdness” into his not-so-wise Tonto, and perhaps not surprisingly he hogs most of the attention.

Still, I found myself intrigued by Reid’s transformation, and the seemingly detached story lines—which involved corporate America, “manifest destiny,” the military-industrial complex, psychopathic criminals being accomplices for supposedly “law-abiding” robber-barons, and of course the theft of Native-American land—all which ultimately made “sense” in the end, and the climactic scene in which all the bad guys met their just ends at the hands of two seeming misfits, out-of-place in this new world order, was indeed "thrilling" and suitably propelled along by the William Tell Overture (which I’ve read younger viewers had no clue that for people my age this and the Lone Ranger were inseparably intertwined). If the action sequences during the climax seemed a bit “outlandish,” relative to what? At least it seemed “real”—certainly more real and human than your typical “super-hero” and “gender-correct” action fare.

I wondered if this film had been given a fair shake by film critics, which Depp and Armie Hammer (as the Ranger) accused them of not giving it because of well-publicized production problems. I purchased the film on DVD and watched it again a week later just to make sure my second thoughts were valid. Critics had attacked the film for its contradictory “tone,” its length, for supposedly being made for “adolescent boys”—and I began to wonder if it wasn’t complete "morons"having a bad day at the office who were responsible for these negative reviews, then it was just critics who suddenly lost their ability to judge a film on its own merits, based on some vague memory of the mythical “days of yesteryear.” Even the “revisionists” have tempered their praise by saying the movie wasn’t “perfect,” but what movie is? How many Academy Awards did Titanic win? When I saw it a theater I was sound asleep forty minutes into it; it must have been some internal alarm clock that awoke me an hour later, just in time for when that film actually started getting interesting.

I thought that Depp and Hammer made for a fine comic duo (particularly at those times when straight-arrow Reid interfered with Tonto’s quest for vengeance against the “wendigos” who as a child he inadvertently aided in the massacre of his tribe, after “trading” the location of a rich silver lode for a cheap pocket watch), and the only time I thought the movie “dragged” was during scenes when the main villain (played by Tom Wilkinson) tried to insinuate himself into the life of the wife of Reid’s deceased lawman brother, in the hopes of adopting her son as his heir to a rail “empire” paid for by that ill-gotten silver fortune.

Overall I found the film not just a lot of fun from start to finish, but an even educational way to spend 150 minutes of leisure time, worthy of repeat viewing—and it deserves a sequel, as obviously was intended before it sunk at the box office. The Blu-ray version is one of the better I have seen, the near perfect video and audio rendering the blending of the natural surroundings and action even more awe-inspiring.
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Michael A.Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
An Entertaining Origin Story
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The best way I can sum up why you should watch this movie: Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Con Air, etc) and scored by Hans Zimmer.

With this movie you get an entertaining origin story of the "Lone Ranger" that's an action movie with comedic elements and the odd bit of mysticism thrown in.

I'm sure I saw the Lone Ranger in syndication as a kid, but I don't remember much of it other than the tagline and music. Just when you're not sure if you're watching a random western with a with a strange indian and greenhorn white man, the music kicks up and reminds you exactly what you're watching. And the music does so in a way that draws you into the sequence. I usually don't notice the music in a film. Perhaps, that's the way it should often be. But here, I kept thinking, "wow what a great time to bring in such a fitting score!".

ALL of the characters are solidly acted and well cast. If anything, this movie and the main character remind me of the Luke Skywalker story arc in the first Star Wars film. Here, the hero isn't a gunslinger. He doesn't want to be a hero. He dreams of bringing justice to the west (albeit, by way of the law and justice system instead of by the gun). But he's forced onto a different patch. One that he's well suited for, even if he doesn't yet know it himself.

If the movie run time seems long, I didn't feel it. The pacing was excellent and I never felt myself reaching for the fast forward button.

If you are a fan of Bruckheimer's other works and/or enjoy a western with a great score, give the time to watch this one, it will be a good trade.
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Phillip AllenReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS FILM -- CRITICS HAD ULTERIOR MOTIVES
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I turns out that all the negative press this film received was written half-a-year BEFORE the film even came out, before anyone even saw it. How the hell can that be? Simple. The critics were gunning for this film, along with others films like John Carter and World War Z. When a few critics decide to destroy a film's rep, everyone jumps on the bandwagon because it sells advertisement. No other reason than that. It has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the film. The film isn't even being seen, much less actually honestly reviewed. Again, it all comes down to blood money. Jeez, what a surprise.

Therefore, every time you see a negative review for some film, especially a big film like this one, BE VERY SUSPICIOUS! Don't believe the first thing you read or see.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!! Don't be just another mindless dunce accepting the manure these critics are dishing out. Do research. Go to different websites and compare the reviews. And don't go just to the big, popular reviewers. Find many smaller reviewers. These usually (though not always) tend to behave more honestly. If absolutely every single one of ALL these reviewers says the film is no good, then it probably is. But if you see a dramatic discrepancy between the big, popular reviewers and the small reviewers, then you know something is wrong -- and almost always it means those big reviewers are being dishonest. In fact, they're probably being bought off under the table by those film's competitors. This happens all the time.

SO -- BUYER BEWARE! That's an ancient saying. And it's ancient for a very good reason. Pay attention.

As for this film, I have very little problem with it. The acting on all counts was wonderful. Everyone turned in great performances -- even the kid. And I really don't like kid actors. They're never convincing. But this kid is. So, no problem there.

The visual effects, though obviously digital, hold up quite well. There's only one or two very brief moments where the digital aspect of the FX is obvious. Other than that, everything works just fine.

The story is quite touching. There's nothing shallow or silly about it.. And, of course, Depp's performance is spot on; he hits every note, each moment, perfectly. Any idiotic review you might see claiming his performance is just silly or ridiculous is a blatant lie. I love the Ghost Horse. He's wonderful. Yes, he's a bit fantastic, but that's what he's supposed to be -- and it works.

Everything about this movie works perfectly -- except for one small detail: the running time.

Sorry, but it is just too long. The film tends to have too many slow places. But that's the responsibility of the director to keep the pace up and moving. I know this is difficult to do, but he's made way too many films not to know how to accomplish this properly. So, had this film been cut back from 2 and a half hours to maybe 1 hour 40 minutes or so, it would have worked much better. And if he was so determined to have a long version, he could have offered that as an alternate DVD release, or something along those lines. But the sad fact is that this film definitely drags. It needs to be tightened up. And it needs this very badly.

Still, it's not so slow or "draggy" that you can't sit through the 2 and a half hours at least once. But that's the limit. It doesn't work for multiple viewings. Too bad.

Still, it is a good film and it does not deserve all the bad press it's been unjustly given. I'd give it at least one viewing. And hopefully, in future, the director will see sense and provide a more streamlined version of this film. Regardless, it deserves 4 stars -- easily. And I still recommend it.
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StriderReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
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This one grew on me. I wasn't a big fan of the wussy portrayal of the Ranger when I first saw it in theaters, but I've come around. Johnny Depp plays Tonto a little too much like Captain Jack, but that's forgivable given the traumatic backstory given for Tonto. The music is of course excellent, and the final gun battle is more than satisfying. Overall, it's a decent update to the legend of the masked man that didn't deserve the hate it got from purists who grew up, as I did, with Clayton Moore. From out of the past and into the 21st Century come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver...the Lone Ranger rides again!
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Michael SDReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the time, but not a find
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Well, Pirate of the Caribbean meet the Wild West.
Packed with action, good plot line, credible and colorful characters. Tongue in cheek.
Feels a bit too long though, in particular the first, more static half. Stock good Indians abused by stock bad capitalists - kind of lame and old, even though historically maybe correct.

Movie was constantly losing and finding itself, meandering back and forth every twist of the plot. Depp, unfortunately (or fortunately - who knows?) had his face heavily painted and thus spared most of the acting.

Though, to be honest, there were really very few scenes allowing actors to really act, not deliver lines and show generic awe/confusion/resolution.

Tongue in cheek attitude backfires - the action does look as a very light entertainment, indeed.

In all, worth the time, but not a find.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
I thought it was going to be more of a comedy this was very dry and uninteresting to me
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My friend told me this was a good and funny movie. I was never really a Lone Ranger fan of the tv show but did watch them occasionally so I knew of the Lone Ranger and Tonto. I knew Johnny Depp can bring some silliness to the roles he plays but unfortunately I didn't laugh and really thought the movie was draggy and long especially the beginning which I know they did to set up the movie but I was bored and unhappy that I knew I was going to return this dvd. I really was expecting this to be more comical than anything really so when it wasn't and when it just kept going on and on not ever really interesting me I knew it was going back.
Reading the reviews on here though the people that were really into the Lone Ranger show were really really disappointed in this movie and I was even a little encouraged by the number of 5 star ratings and again between my friend and all the 5 stars I thought this was going to be a very entertaining movie. I was disappointed
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xavier bojorquezReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie. It's been a while since a movie has made me smile so much.
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This was a great Western, it was very fun and exciting, in the last 30 minutes of the movies I could not stop smiling. If you like fun Western that are nostalgic and bring back simpler times this is a movie for you. I just regret that I didn't see this movie in theaters to support the actors and the studio, its sad that these days movie critics are so cynical and that they can help derail a movies premiere. This film honestly should have been a much bigger success. Its sad that critics focus so much on budget and correctness these days (especially when its a period piece, you cant be mad that the racist character is racist when the movie is based in the 1800s of course there were hateful and racist people back then, it wouldn't be an accurate movie if there weren't, its sad that people get so uncomfortable and bad mouth films for being accurate. Some times film makers just cant win. Like the white washing fiasco this film was accused of. If a White character gets a black, brown, or even Asian actor instead people say oh thats fine because they are the best actor/ most talented for the role, but when a White actor like (Johnny Depp) gets cast as a Native American it no longer about choosing the best actor for the role, which is BS and a Double Standard, it gets called White Washing that is such hypocrisy. Its just sad. This was a great film and it deserved much better than it got. Hopefully in the future it will get the recognition it deserves.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Inconsistent 2nd half much better than start
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The Lone Ranger was part Western action, part comedy. Every time Johnny Depp was on screen as Tonto the film wasn’t serious. I’m not sure it worked though. Depp isn’t that funny. What was far better was Armie Hammer the Long Ranger’s horse who would show up at odd times. There was a theme of revenge and justice with Tonto symbolizing the former and Hammer the latter.

The movie comes in two parts. The first being about Depp and Hammer getting to know each other and trying to shape Hammer into a hero. The second is far better where the two face off against the villain played by William Fichtner. There are some nice shots during the climax scene involving two trains running parallel. That sums up the film overall. It was very inconsistent.
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