The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger, 2013 film starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and William Fichtner.  Excellent film that introduces us to one possible origin of the Lone Ranger.

The film tells the tale of John Reid (Hammer), a lawyer who joins his brother (a Texas ranger) on a ride to capture the notorious criminal Butch Cavendish (Fichtner).  The posy is ambushed by Cavendish and Reid is left for dead along with the other rangers .  In steps Tonto (Depp), a bumbling, lonely Indian who stumbles upon the scene.  As Tonto was burying the men it became clear that one was alive.  Suddenly a mystical white horse identifies Reid to Tonto as a special one and he must help him get justice.  Reluctantly, Reid becomes the masked rider with his Indian partner at his side to bring justice to the dead rangers.  While in pursuit it becomes clear to Reid that Cavendish is only part of a bigger conspiracy which the pair must battle in order to save not just a railroad but Tonto’s people.

The thing I like about most Depp films is the sense of humor he brings into it.  I think he must ad-lib a lot of it but it is so good the director keeps it in.  Depp has the knack of knowing when to be serious and when to kick in a little humor.  Without his antics I think this film would have not been near as good as it was.

I am a bit surprised this film averaged only a six of ten on most sites.  I thought it was very entertaining and I have watched it more than once now.  I loved the location where they filmed it.  I easily recognized Monument Valley in Arizona and I think I picked out New Mexico as well.  Beautiful scenery there, I have been through both on my travels.

The story was good, somewhat plausible (except for when the lone ranger rides a horse on top of a train).  As I stated earlier, the acting by Depp was his usual brilliance and I did enjoy Hammer’s performance.  Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson were great bad guys.  The film got 19 nominations from various awards ( 2 were Oscars) and it did win 4 including best western script from the western writers of America.

So yes, great film.  very entertaining and definitely ‘Watch Again’ material.