By LAUREN HODGES
I decided months ago that “The Lone Ranger” (Rated PG-13) was one I would see and review when it was released. Why? Just because a movie is made by Disney doesn’t mean it is child-friendly. I appreciate many of the movies Disney makes, but at times I feel as though they sugar-coat the trailers which leaves us, the parents, unsure of whether a film is appropriate for our kiddos.
“The Lone Ranger” is right up there as a bang-bang, shoot ‘em up movie very reminiscent of the Will Smith movie ‘Wild Wild West’ and the series of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ More fighting action than children under 10 should be exposed to, in my opinion, and it is lengthy to sit through at 2 ½ hours long.
The opening scenes that set the premise for how the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) came to be are filled with fight scenes, train battles, epic facial expressions by Tonto (Johnny Depp) and everything dusty and southwest that you can think of. With many sub-plots developing the storyline takes a few unexpected twists, and makes for some interesting scenes with Red (Helena Bonham Carter) and the villain Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) who are all delightfully over-the-top in their portrayal of ‘characters’ from the Old West.
The star of the movie for many of those in the younger crowd that do end up seeing this film will no doubt be Silver, the white horse. Many of the more humorous scenes involve Silver and the relationships between he, Tonto and the Lone Ranger.
While this movie is not one younger children will completely appreciate, it does offer a riot of action: it’s loud, explosive and unapologetic for being so. Disney did it again, and there will for sure be two new Halloween costumes hitting the stores this year: black eye mask and hat along with face paint and crow headpieces. After all, it is the story of a legend and justice is what they seek, Kemosabe.
3 stars out of 5