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The Lone Ranger [DVD]
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Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in this action Western from Walt Disney Pictures, directed and co-produced by Gore Verbinski. Native American Tonto (Depp) tells the story of how lawman John Reid (Hammer) became the legendary, masked figure known as The Lone Ranger. Tonto first encounters Reid when captured outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) escapes custody, aided by his gang. Joining a group of Texas Rangers that include his brother Dan (James Badge Dale), Reid chases the wanted men but becomes the sole survivor of an ambush attack. Disguising himself from his enemies, who believe him to be dead, The Lone Ranger forms an unlikely partnership with Tonto and together they fight for justice against Cavendish and power-hungry railroad tycoon Latham Cole (Tom Wilkinson).
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The thing is, I can understand why The Lone Ranger did really badly in the `states and it's got less to do with it being a bad film than you might expect - in fact, there's a lot here to like. For my money the reason it did really badly in the US is because it's the most cynical blockbuster I've seen since perhaps Starship Troopers; it holds up a mirror to the creation myth of the American West and I don't reckon the US liked what it saw. From experience, asking simple questions like "Didn't lots of Indians once live in this part of the Americas? What became of them?" can go down really badly on the other side of the Atlantic, and the plot of The Lone Ranger is a retelling of what happened to the Sioux nation after gold was found in the Black Hills (only relocated to Texas and with the Cherokee as the tribe in the - literal - firing line) and, just like in real history, it doesn't end well for the Indians. At least in this version the baddies get their comeuppance.
I've got to admit to being slightly mystified as to why Disney spent the better part of a quarter of a billion dollars making a film about why the Indians are notable by their absence in those areas of US where valuable minerals were to be found given that it might be a bit of a touchy subject for much of their audience.
The Film itself is yet another origin story.Read more ›
screen hero 'The Lone Ranger' and companion 'Tonto'
The TV series many remember ran from 1949-1957 and starred 'Clayton Larson'
and 'Jay Silverheels'
This action-packed adventure with more than it's fair share of humour as
might be expected with 'Johnny Depp' in the role of 'Tonto'; takes us back
to the beginning of their friendship, when. in the early moments 'John Reid'
assumed dead by the 'Butch Cavendish' gang is persuaded to wear a mask by
For completely different reasons the two seek justice.....together.
The unlikely couple light up the screen with their antics.
(Tonto, many, many years on, working in a fairground 'Wild-West' show is telling
a young lad his tale of his adventure with 'The Spirit Walker)
All I can say, as did an earlier reviewer, don't take any notice of reviews that
slate the film.....
For me, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, the final twenty minutes or so is probably
the funniest film sequence I've seen in many a year....truly brilliant.......
if you were among the audience in the US you'd probably give the film a standing
ovation during the ending credits .........don't miss it.
Among the additional features on board to enjoy.....'Annie's western road-trip' ..
'Becoming a cowboy' ...'Riding the rails of the Lone Ranger' ...'Deleted scenes'
and the ever popular...'Bloopers'
Depp is amazing as Tonto and Arm & Hammer (his dad owns the toothpaste company in real life - check IMDB!) is an excellent Ranger too.
There are so many scenes that are memorable, but just lay back and enjoy it - this is real entertainment!
"I seek Justice Tonto and Justice can only be found when the truth is known."
These are not lines from the film but my own. I write them because despite the myriad of reviews about this film I fear the truth has not been told, and without the truth true justice cannot be given to the film. I hope, with the reader's indulgence I can provide the truth. Of course my comments will be subjective, but I will be honest in explanation of from where they come .
First and foremost I am a film fan. I have been for 50 years since the time my father allowed me to accompany him to the projection room at a small town cinema in Wales where he worked as a projectionist. I am also a massive fan of the Lone Ranger. I remember watching him on Saturday afternoons in my grandmother's house. I was taken in by his steadfast morality and bravery. He taught me many lessons on what was right and wrong and challenged me to take the path of good in my childhood and adolescence. So I write both as a film fan and a fan of the Lone Ranger.
Since over 25 years ago, when it was reported in the Daily Mirror that a new Lone Ranger film was going to be made and directed by John Landis (what happened to that project?) I have been waiting for the Lone Ranger to hit the big screen. Another production, The Legend of the Lone Ranger starring Klinton Spilsbury was made., Despite criticism from many, this movie portrayed the legend well, but overall it was not a superb film.
I was overjoyed when this new movie starring Armie Hammer as the Ranger eventually came to fruition but was so dismayed with the poor critical reviews which seem obviously the reason why the film flopped in the USA.Read more ›
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I put off watching this for over 2 years because of bad to mixed reviews, but having finally watched it, I enjoyed it a lot!
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Had heard mixed things about this and it didn't do very well at the box office... I actually really enjoyed it - an amusing, rip roaring adventure...Published 8 days ago by Pete in UK
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