Peculiar…and then some – that’s how I would describe Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger (2013). This is one remake starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer which tends to lose you in places and surprise you in others, but on the whole it leaves you with one big question mark.

I couldn’t really tell you much about the plot if I tried – it was a little all over the place, but needless to say Depp made a great Tonto and there were some laughs along the way with John Reid (Hammer) and Silver, but there was no real ‘meat on the bones’ of this one.

The Lone Ranger abandons its audience very early on and creates confusion with its jumbled plot. A classic case of style over substance. ** (2 out of 5 stars)

I was also disappointed that the classic William Tell Overture didn’t make an appearance until towards the end of the film – this music is the best!

Helena Bonham Carter helped to keep things interesting by playing the role of Red Harrington, a madame of a brothel and the owner of one very deadly ivory leg-turned-gun!

There are some good fight/chase scenes and Tonto’s strange ‘trades’ offer up a few laughs, but on the whole this film left me deflated as I expected so much more. Disney was behind this one – could this be why it was lacking so much of the Western edge and pace it so desperately needed?

Further reading:

Who was that masked man?

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