From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.I'm not really a fan of westerns or familiar with the Lone Ranger. I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this movie as I had only seen a couple of previews. But I am a fan of Johnny Depp, so I figured I'd give it a chance when my son said he really wanted to see this.
It turned out that it didn't take long to win me over. Johnny Depp was brilliant and hilarious. Many times it was Johnny's facial expressions that had me cracking up more than any words he could say. He is seriously one of those actors that has the ability to put on characters like a second skin and change like a chameleon. There have been few Johnny Depp movies that I haven't liked.
The story was well developed and I liked the way certain references from the original Lone Ranger were tied in. I know very little about the original Lone Ranger, but I thought it was clever how the Lone Ranger's horse got its name.
My son turned to me at the end and said, "I guarantee that this will be the best movie of the summer. I can't wait to own it!"
On a family friendly scale, there was not much bad language and there were not any scenes that I felt were inappropriate for my son. The only caution I might offer would be that the violence in a few of the scenes may be too much for a younger child to handle, thus the PG 13 rating. Plus Helena Bonham Carter's character is the classic saloon girl/prostitute that you see in westerns; there are some off color kind of jokes and references but no overtly sexual situations.
I couldn't help but be bothered by the way Native Americans were treated and killed in the movie. I realize that this harsh treatment really did happen, but it still bothered me. It also portrayed the Indians as uneducated savages which was difficult to watch. It is still unbelievable to me how people could treat others in such a cruel way.
Overall, the Lone Ranger is an entertaining summer movie to watch with your teens. While I may not be into westerns, I enjoyed watching Johnny Depp and my son loved it.
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