Movie Review: “The Lone Ranger”

OVERALL: Well hmmmm….. It was pretty.

POINTS: It was a very pretty and technically well made movie.

PITFALLS: Well, as my beloved Hubby as put it, this movie was sprawling and didn’t know what it was. There were several story lines and many characters with interesting chemistry and back story – and very little if none of it was pursued.

Also, good grief, a Lone Ranger movie should have a serious bromance between the Lone Ranger (LR) and Tonto. I mean that should be the heart of the movie. In this movie, Tonto and LR should so fall in bromance love with each other it comes off the screen. Now yes, Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as LR could have carried a fine bromance. Unfortunately the script was not written with that in mind. Too bad. That would have been fun and again I am sure Depp and Hammer could have pulled it off.

FEMALE CHARACTER(S): There are two of interest: Rebecca Reid played by Ruth Wilson and Red Harrington played by Helena Bonham Carter. Rebecca Reid is the sister-in-law of the Lone Ranger and apparently they always loved each other. She had some moments where she had some character so it would have been nice to have seen more of her. Now Red Harrington, or rather Helana Bonham Carter, stole the screen whenever she was on it.

CULTURAL PITFALL(S): Look I know Johnny Depp says he has Native American Indian blood but still I wish an actor like say Graham Greene played Tonto. Also it might have been good to have had accurate Comanche dress and customs. As the movie stands you really don’t have a feel for Tonto’s heritage. It was good that they showed in the movie the abuse and lies heaped upon the Chinese and Native American Indian people by the European descent people. Still it would have been nice if more could have been made of that.

HIGH POINT(S): *[SPOILER ALERT]* Look the last battle with the Lone Ranger’s theme song (William Tell Overture) playing – if not the entire piece then close to it – in the background, is absolutely fantastic! That might have been the whole reason for making the movie – and I can understand why. It’s just too bad the movie wasn’t as good as the music. I also liked how Tonto walked off into the horizon at the end of the movie. END * [SPOILER ALERT]* Oh and as far as I am concerned “Tonto” should mean extreme physical, mechanical, and spatial relations intelligence. Seriously. The way Tonto moves he could be a professional acrobat/athlete.

BECHDEL TEST (Website): 1 of 3. Not surprised. Which is too bad because the women in the movie could have had a fun scene.

RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 0 of 3. Which is odd because we have Tonto but I don’t remember him having any conversations with other Indians. There were times when he was standing with Indian and Chinese people but I don’t remember him or any other PoC conversing with each other.

IMDB: The Lone Ranger (2013)

OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE:  The Lone Ranger | Disney Movies

DVD/BLU-RAY WORTHY: Well we already own it. I don’t know if I would have bought it if I saw it in the theaters.

LION PAW PRINTS:  2 of 5. It was pretty, but disappointing.

The Lone Ranger movie poster

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