The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

2013 | Gore Verbinski

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Average rating   8 out of 10

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Niels Risgaard Hansen     2015-02-01 8 out of 10

Great entertainment with a cowboy hat and a messed up indian.

I was really nice to see a western movie made in the 2100 century that actually works. It has a nice story with a good plot and it is executed very well all the way through. The idea of Tonto telling (and in parts acting out) the whole story to a kid is funny and as you progress through the story you start to lose confidence in what he is telling is actually the truth. The best part was when something unrealistic happened in the story, the kid points it out to Tonto just after you yourself have started doubting it. Good stuff.

Johnny Depp is just brilliant as the mad indian Tonto. His usual semi-drunk, semi-mad persona just fits perfect for the character. I really liked when he mistranslates and exploits the ancient comanche traditions and sayings to his own advantage. My favorite part however is his translation of “kemosabe” which he translates into “wrong brother”. Brilliant humor! I know the movie is based on a tv show, however I have never seen the show and therefore I am not sure if this is how Tonto was originally intended to act.
Armie Hammer playing the Lone Ranger did not really strike me as anything special. It was not a bad performance, just not impressive either.
I am a fan of William Fichtner and his character Butch Cavendish was quite scary! Well done.
I my opinion Helena Bonham Carter is way too iconic for a small part in any movie, and there will always be a great danger of her stealing the picture, but she is so talented that it works out every time. I am very impressed - not by a stunning performance, but how she manages to tone her brilliance down to fit her part.

If you like westerns in the classic ways, this might actually be a hit. If you are a big fan of Johnny Depp, like I am, this is a must see.

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