How often is your opinion about a movie influenced by looking at sites like IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes? If I were to believe these sites The Lone Ranger is a movie I shouldn’t attempt to watching. On IMDB it only has a 6,6 and Rotten Tomatoes has 31% score. The movie is also a western, a genre I generally can’t really enjoy. Despite those scores I still was interested in checking out The Lone Ranger.
The movie introduces the viewer to an old indian named Tonto (Johnny Depp), who tells a little boy about The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer), a man who changed after people close to him are hurt. He wants revenge and his target is Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), an outlaw who is as bad as they come (and doesn’t have any redeeming qualities).
I have asked this in the past with other similar movies, but I wonder what people expected of The Lone Ranger going in? It is a blockbuster movie, not True Grit or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The same team behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (Bruckheimer, Verbinski, Depp) now tackles the west, so the same things can be expected: big set pieces, funny situations and strange characters. That’s what The Lone Range offers. I’ll admit the story isn’t its strongest point, but the movie looks great, has awesome action pieces (especially at the end) and a lot of humour. I liked the chemistry between Depp and Hammer. Depp is basically playing the same role he has been for a while now, but he offers a lot of comedy because of it. The movie could have been a bit shorter (taking out the parts with the old Tonto for example as they did not add anything to the movie), but this is the type of Western I like watching. To me it is a forgettable movie, but it was an enjoyable one.