is a comical take on the classic Western hero. It focuses more on the Masked Hero’s sidekick, Tonto. Director Gore Verbinski uses the similar humorous approach that is utilized in his Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Johnny Depp plays Tonto in the new Lone Ranger movie. This alone would have made you realize that the movie will feature more of the supposed sidekick. Armie Hammer plays the titular character, who is somewhat a dolt when he prefers to fight the bad guys with the letter of the law. Every aspect of the character is a punch line for a joke, from choosing his horse to hiding his identity with a mask.
The Lone Ranger’s story plays like a standard Western. The Lone Ranger and Tonto are attempting to capture Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), who is working with some evil businessmen. It takes place during the construction of the first intercontinental railway.
Armie Hammer is likable both as lawyer John Reid and his alter-ego Lone Ranger. He is more like Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show than the heroic Masked Man played by Clayton Moore in the classic TV series.
Most of the Tontos in the past have been passive characters. This is not the case with the Tonto played by Johnny Depp. He is a memorable one, especially when he feeds the dead bird that is on his shoulder. It feels like we are watching Captain Jack Sparrow in a Western.
Director Verbinski keeps some of the elements from the old TV series, including the use of William Tell Overture as the theme song. The music enhances the exciting moments of the movie, like when The Lone Ranger and Tonto save the day.
The Lone Ranger is a fun remake. It is not like the older versions of the masked man but manages to keep some of the elements. The younger generation will now know who the Lone Ranger and his sidekick Tonto are.