Brayden Swathwood movie review: ‘The Lone Ranger’

Published 8:04 am Friday, July 19, 2013

“The Lone Ranger”
2 out of 5 stars
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western

So it turns out, Johnny Depp can have a bad performance. It was a memorable one, but not in a way to be remembered in a positive manner.
The film begins at a carnival with a young child dressed as the Lone Ranger walking through an exhibit. Soon, he comes across this Native American, who, you guessed it, is apparently Tonto.
The whole story is being told to a young child, which is a huge turn-off.
Gore Verbinski brings Johnny into another one of his films, giving him a familiarly insane role. And I’ll be honest, I love Depp, but  I’m tired of everyone and every director only wanting the Jack Sparrow side of him. That’s exactly what we see in “The Lone Ranger,” a familiar side of Depp, not the true actor we want.
So the whole story is about John Reid aka The Lone Ranger trying to find his wife and the bandit who has kidnapped her. And how Tonto changed John Reid from a nearly worthless officer into a legend of justice warrior.
The lawman is made into a Texas Ranger when the criminal Butch Cavendish escapes. Reid and the rest of the Rangers go on a classic Western adventure trying to find him.
There are very few things the film has going for it.
Jerry Bruckheimer, who has produced such films as “National Treasure,” fails to impress and distorts the conventions of the Western genre greatly.
The one thing that made me want to leave was the non-stop flashbacks. It was incredibly annoying, and half the time, the rewinds were pointless and had nothing to do with the film’s story.
Another huge disappointment was the on-screen connection between Depp and Armie Hammer. It felt careless; it was almost as if the two stars had some rivalry or something. It could have just been because of their characters but, if you ask me, they could have cared less about this role.
The film does have some pretty great comical releases. Depp, even though his performance was sickening, made me laugh many times with sprinkles of corn and his crow hat.
“The Lone Ranger” is a disgrace to Westerns and was a boring flick. I think we should leave today’s Western to the Coen Brothers, director of “True Grit.”
Will Johnny Depp be Razzie worthy? I think so.