Okay, let me begin by saying that I am a 51 year old lad who grew up with The Lone Ranger tv series starring Clayton Moore, who collected the comics and annuals of the time, who had both the Lone Ranger, Silver, Tonto and Scout toys and who even bought a vinyl album of The William Tell Overture, just because it formed the basis of The Lone Ranger. I am a fanboy and proud of it.
Bearing all this in mind I hate to say this but boy, was I disappointed with this film. Its not a bad film, mind you, and is hugely enjoyable in parts but taken as a whole it just doesnt attain the heights it aspires to be. This along with Pacific Rim (action brilliant, script and acting appalling) were the two biggest disappointments of the summer.
In my humble opinion there are three things wrong with this film.
1) It has a soggy middle that goes on for too long without much happening. The film starts well and ends well but the filling between does drag in parts. It needed a good, strong editor, that could have trimmed a good 30 - 40 minutes off its length.
2) The Lone Ranger himself. Armie Hammer, whilst having a good physical presence, portrays the Ranger as a wet lettuce. Yes this is an origin story and the script is at fault aswell but Hammers acting only goes to emphasise the scripts shortcomings and turns the Ranger into a weak, comedic, pc do gooder that irritates rather than inspires.
3) The framing of the story with an aged Tonto relaying the tales to a young lad. Corny, cheesy and unnecessary. It just gets in the way and breaks the atmosphere when the film generates it.
This is not a bad movie - no where near as bad the film reviewers would have you believe but at the same time not as good as some reviewers on here would have you believe. Hence my review. At the end of the day however I dont hesitate in advising you to give it a go and make up your own mind, after all, this particular child may just be growing up.