Dare I be honest and say I’ve never actually seen the original Lone Ranger film? Am I the only one? hehee!
I do have to admit that (being part Native American), I’m partial to anything relating to the culture. I’ll also admit that we’re huge Johnny Depp fans and there hasn’t been a film he’s starred in that we haven’t seen. hehe! My daughter Gina goes crazy when she knows he’s in a new movie. She just HAS to see it and The Lone Ranger was no exception.
In Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Tonto (played by Johnny Depp) shares a story in the 1930’s about the past. It begins with his introduction to John Reid “The Lone Ranger” (Armie Hammer) and their pair up in America’s desert. The two learn that they HAVE to work together— it’s the ultimate showdown between good and evil.
I love that Disney went on location to some of the most picturesque landscapes in the southwest to get some shots. It really helps put you back in time to when things were much simpler— you know, the cowboys on the frontier times and the Wild West? Wait, was that really simpler? They didn’t have technology and gas powered vehicles but I’m sure gun fights were less to be desired.
Something else that’s really cool is how the actors went through a cowboy boot camp to authenticate things. They learned how to rope, load weapons and how to tighten and fit a saddle. The moving train scene was real too. Tonto and the Lone Ranger are atop a real moving train. Awesome!
This film is full of mixed action, adventure, mystery and comic moments— you’ve got to love the quirkiness Johnny Depp adds to his character!
If you love a fast-paced, keeps you on the edge of your seat film that leaves a little mystery, this one is it. If you know anything about the Native American culture you’ll “get” it. If not, I highly recommend you do a little research (especially about the spirit sickness) and you’ll totally understand the film and where it was going.
I’ve seen some really bad misguided reviews of this film and I think if the critics knew the history, the movie would have made more sense.
I truly enjoyed it and so did my family.
Disney’s The Lone Ranger will be available in a Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack on December 17, 2013. You can pre-order the film right now at Amazon.com (current price of $24.96) and Walmart.com.
THE LONE RANGER:
Run Time: 2 hours & 29 minutes
Cast: Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Alice in Wonderland) as Tonto, Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Mirror Mirror) as John Reid/Lone Ranger, Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, The Kings Speech) as Red Harrington, Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton) as Latham Cole, Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina, Capturing Mary) as Rebecca Reid, William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight) as Butch Cavendish
(BD, DVD, Select Digital retailers)
Blooper Reel (RT 4:12) – BD, DVD & Select Digital Retailers Only
Deleted Scene – BD & Select Digital Retailers Only
Riding The Rails Of The Lone Ranger (RT: 10:36) – BD & Select Digital Retailers Only
For the production of the movie, director Gore Verbinski had a five mile oval track built along with multiple engines and cars. See the incredible effort that went into crafting such a detailed and important part of The Lone Ranger.
Armies’s Western Road Trip (RT: 14:28) – BD & Select Digital Retailers Only
Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) takes viewers on a tour of the scenic locations the production shot in as we see and learn more about the amazing places he went to become The Lone Ranger.
Becoming A Cowboy (RT: 8:02) – BD & Select Digital Retailers Only
Before the cast began shooting the film, they had to learn how to shoot a gun…and ride a horse. In this piece we follow the cowboy (and cowgirl) cast to boot camp, where they got a chance to experience what their characters would really be living like in the Wild West.
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