The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger ★★★

Ever since Johnny Depp really hit the big time with Pirates Of The Caribbean he's been up there to be shot at. The first film had everything going for it and although the sequels were of diminishing quality in favor of big brash action sequences, Depp was still pretty good. The bad reviews for Gore Verbinski's return to action with Depp have seemed to stem mainly from the length of the movie. It is rather long for a blockbuster, but it's still very entertaining.
A proper origin story for the thirties radio hero and his sidekick Tonto, this sees a huge budget thrown at what the studio obviously expected to be another "Pirates". Armie Hammer may well be the titular hero here, but lets face it this is all about Depp. He brings that unique humor of his to most parts, but this one does work well as I think like everyone else I think he's a bit of an oddball in real life. Backed by some really impressive set pieces that are thrilling and often spectacular, this is nowhere near the disaster some reviews would have you believe. Yes it lost a shitload of money, but a lot of bigger films do these days and if you take it for what it is (a decent action western) you won't be disappointed. Backed by the likes of Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner and Barry Pepper, there was a strong cast behind the two leads. Helena Bonham Carter is a strange one on the poster though as she's hardly in it and the film could have done with a hotter romantic interest for Hammer. It is action all the way here and if you can forgive a miss-firing script and enjoy the carnage on screen, you might just give this film the break it just about deserves.

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