Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Lone Ranger

Director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp collaborate once again (after three 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films and 'Rango') for yet another iconic character hopeful of becoming a franchise.  But this time Depp is playing second banana as Tonto, the Native American sidekick to the titular hero, as played by Armie Hammer (best known as the Winklevoss twins in 'The Social Network').  And this film has everything going for it.  Besides having big names like Disney, Depp, and legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer behind it, and a $215M budget that shows on screen with great visuals, it also has a stellar supporting cast of character actors including Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, and Stephen Root.  And yet no one shines here.  Unfortunately it's a waste of talent, it's way too long (at two and half hours), and it's surprisingly boring throughout.  This is the Hollywood Blockbuster Assembly Line at its worst, clearly targeting every demographic, with a script that wouldn't dare turn off anybody, and in the process it becomes dull for everybody.  By the time the climactic scene arrives, with the obligatory 'William Tell Overture' pumping in the background, I was more than ready to 'Hi-Ho Silver' all the way out of there.  I hate to say it, but you should probably skip it.  Capisce, Kemo Sabe?

Grade: C

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