The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) tells about the man’s birth and early days. The sole survivor of an ambush, John Reid is rescued and nursed back to health by Tonto (Jonney Depp). Once healed, he rides his snow-white steed, whom he later names Silver, to deliver justice to those who killed his brother. The bad guy is Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), but he’s only part of a larger conspiracy. The Ranger’s love interest is his late brother’s wife, Rebecca (Ruth Wilson). And, as befits a movie taking place in the Wild West, there are plenty of trains and chases.
“Directed by “Pirates of the Caribbean’s” Gore Verbinski, this over-the-top oater delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but sucks out the fun in the process” — Variety -Peter Debruge
“The Lone Ranger revels in its sense of excess but it doesn’t get fun until that final twenty minutes. The Lone Ranger fails because of [Johnny Depp]. His interpretation of Tonto is weird and off-putting. This is Cap’n Jack in moccasins and with face paint. And, because Depp is the big name in the credits, Tonto gets the more showy material. Hammer’s Ranger is dull and one-dimensional in large part because he’s forced to play The Straight Man. Meanwhile, Tonto’s bizarre behavior is encapsulated by a costume detail: he wears a dead bird on his head and occasionally tries to feed it. “— ReelViews – James Berardinelli