Johnny Depp is back to relive Pirates of the Caribbean. Not exactly relive, but it's close. There's been great tension throughout the filming process that The Lone Ranger (Ranger) would become a flop. In our case, we believe that the film truly attempted to explore its world in a way that makes you wonder, "Is this somehow related to the Pirates of the Caribbean?"
The film brings an all-star cast in a dramatic uncharted chapter to the sister story, Caribbean. The hype surrounding the masked vigilante, stuck in a wild wild west scenario, brings together an intricate ensemble with Johnny Depp (Tonto), Armie Hammer (Ranger), and William Fichtner (Cavendish). The story-line and screenplay follow a highly linear, action-packed adventure. Here's the basic summary:
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
The story is intricate, linear, and quite easy to follow. Plot twists aren't plenty, the acting is not dynamic and there is evidently a strong reliance towards the linearity of a traditional cowboy adventure. Experimentations are lacking, only the clear-cut square rigidness are made evident. By that, I mean that the action is wholly predictable and that the story lacks the adventure so carefully sought after by traditional western films.
Cinematographically, it was off the roof. There was an intense concentration in the cinematography than anything else. Character development was merely an excuse to exaggerate the scenes, beautify the extreme life of a westerner, and to really force you to see something other than the story. I felt as though this was an artificial, unecessary exasperation of an already created classic of the 1949 TV serial and its 1959 film of the same name.
Here's something really strange, check out this cheap collage we put together:
This is exactly as we've feared, a complete bastardization and over-budgeted farce of strangeness and unimaginable nonsense. Before, you'll notice the 1949 rendering of Tonto, the one shown after. We're looking at the same character, rendered completely different to suit a more extravagant audience. My question is: are the audience really looking for something like this exaggerated costume? Somehow, Disney thinks that they can blend this into a kind of a "sister" series of the Caribbean saga.
Acting-wise, Depp is absolutely superb. He's quick with the motions, fast with the words, and confident in rendering Tonto in a believable way. For those of you who've seen The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, you'll notice that the narrative re-telling is quite the same and that the inspiration is crystal clear.
Lighting, camera, action is pretty much duplicated. The only difference between The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and The Lone Ranger is clearly the budget. The Lone Ranger theme song is pretty good, the same with the Lone Ranger costumes. I'm not sure if you would classify it as one of the best western movies, I certainly don't. If you haven't seen Valence, I'd say that it's about time!
Don't watch, save your money!