Set in the late 19th century, John Reid, a lawyer is returning home to Texas via the newly constructed Transcontinental Railroad which is envisioned to link the entire nation. A notorious killer, Butch and a deranged Native American, Tonto are also on the train as captives of the law. The train is wrecked after John and Tonto fail to stop Butch’s gang from rescuing him. John joins his brother Daniel as Texas Ranger and sets out with other Rangers to capture Butch. John and Tonto are rendered the lone warriors in pursuit of Butch due to unfortunate turn of events, which sets in motion subsequent events that unravel the biggest conspiracy in American history yet, forming the rest of the story.
Language:
English
Running Time:
149 min
Rating:
PG-13
Release Date:
3 July 2013
Directed by:
Gore Verbinski
Produced by:
Jerry Bruckheimer
Gore Verbinski
Written by:
Justin Haythe
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Based on:
Lone Ranger by
Fran Striker
George W. Trendle
Starring:
Johnny Depp
Armie Hammer
William Fichtner
Tom Wilkinson
Barry Pepper
James Badge Dale
Music by:
Hans Zimmer
Shot by:
Bojan Bazelli
Edited by:
James Haygood
Craig Wood
Distributed by:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

What’s Hot

  • Johnny Depp steals the show with his subtle and casual acting while essaying a deranged Native American, Tonto. His unique appearance in the movie has come of quite well thanks to some skilled work at his make-up and styling. It’s almost impossible to recognize him without the puzzled looks, jerky movements and witty responses.
  • With the story set almost two centuries ago, the recreation of landscapes and settlements from the ranches of Texas are very convincing. The audience feel a sense of time travel due to the authenticity of the sets courtesy of some excellent art direction and immaculate costume designs to suit the premise of the story.
  • With trains at the helm of the concept, the grandeur one associates with the stream locomotives is captured majestically by Bojan Bazelli’s camera. The action sequences are so fun to watch, especially the train wreck and the final scenes which are aided by apt special effects and greatly elevated by the background score by the one and only Hans Zimmer!

What’s Not

  • The characterization of the Lone Ranger, John gives an impression of someone clueless and with no perception on his own. John depends on the decisions taken for him by others, which would be predominantly Tonto who should have held the titular role.
  • The conscious attempts made to infuse humour into the dialogues and scenes do not really achieve the goal. Predictable clich├ęd dialogues and some ordinary execution from Armie Hammer, who plays the lead role, seem to compound things further.
  • The story moves at sluggish pace with a screenplay that has been executed in a flat manner with limited elements of suspense. The past of Tonto and John which is detrimental in establishing their legendary status, has not been treated with adequate importance which results in a disconnected narration.

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Verdict

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The untold, glorious history of the legendary Lone Ranger and Tonto is presented in a visually appeasing canvas showcasing great technical prowess, but with glaring discriminations on the story and characterization aspects.