Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Lone Ranger’ — Tonto Say, Must See, Kimosabe

When it comes to turning one’s passion into reality, few personalities are more strong-willed than Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer
The long and winding road they traveled in order to turn the 1950’s Lone Ranger television series into a powerful tribute western took six years to pull off.
One major setback came in 2011 when Disney announced that production on the film would be delayed due to budget concerns—which were apparently spiraling at an alarming pace.
After alterations to the massive cinematic undertaking, production continued.
The final industry-estimated price tag: A whopping $250 million.
The good news is that the money is all up there on the big screen for fans of all ages to enjoy.
The movie opens in early 1930’s San Francisco where Depp’s Tonto character is now a living relic in an old west diorama and he’s re-telling the story of John Reid, a fresh-out-of-law school grad, to a wide-eyed young cowpoke.
lone-ranger-250The story is of Reid’s big adventure as he attempted the tame the West with justice. However being armed with a mouth full of legal texts didn’t help much in trying to help his Texas Ranger and brother Dan Reid capture legendary, escaped outlaw Butch Cavendish.
Yet with guidance and the funky wisdom of a quirky Indian scout named Tonto, we learn of Reid’s transformation from a man of law into the masked legend of justice. Taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes learn to work together and fight greed and corruption.
“You want me to wear a mask?”
“The men who want to kill you think you are dead.  Better keep it that way.”
And when Hans Zimmer’s great musical score finally erupts into the classic William Tell Overture—man, it’s goosebumps time.
The film’s settings of Colorado, Moa, Utah and Cimarron Canyon State Park in New Mexico are magnificent. And visual effects created by Industrial Light & Magic are perfection.
What we’ve got here is an often tongue in cheek look at the old west. A thrilling adventure infused with action and humor in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through NEW eyes.
Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger perfectly goes through the motions of a corny, over-dramatic character resulting in some very funny sequences. As for John Christopher Depp’s portrayal of native American spirit warrior Tonto, it’s
pretty well indescribable. You’ve got to see it and experience it to believe it.
imagesAnd it’s got to be on the BIG screen for full impact.
Much credit here goes to director Gore Verbinski who, along with Bruckheimer and Depp are the mighty trio of Disney’s bombastic PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise.
Which begs the question: Will this film spark a new Disney theme park ride?
149 minutes of PG-13 rated homage to legendary westerns. It’s John Ford meets TRUE GRIT—with a dose of BLAZING SADDLES thrown in for good measure.
THE LONE RANGER also features Helena Bonham CarterWilliam Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson.
My take? Go see it the way it was meant to be seen, in a theater, Kimosabe.
I’m tipping my white hat with 4 out of 5 fingers.
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13 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Lone Ranger’ — Tonto Say, Must See, Kimosabe

  1. CG says:

    Sounds awesome Jack. Thank you for the great review. I’m going to see it. You do the best reviews of almost anyone around, seriously. Fantastic work Jack.

  2. the dude says:

    The metacritic is not too great on this one but I think I’ll go see it anyway- critics miss the mark sometimes to get on the bandwagon and dogpile. Like the John Carter movie, I don’t see where all the griping and sniping is about. John Carter was decent fantasy popcorn fare.

    • Orphan of the Road says:

      Can’t be as bad as the 80s film.

      It is tough being a romantic cynic (me).

  3. King Dong says:

    The Lone Ranger was a radio show before it ever got to television. I thought you were old enough to remember.

  4. smartman says:

    Desperate attempt to create a new franchise like Pirates. Gonna be a bigger stiff than Glazer in the womens showers at Woodside.

    Long term will recoup but don’t look for Part Deux

  5. Danimal says:

    Is that a bird on tonto’s head? Has PETA approved this wardrobe?

  6. Hot Carl says:

    Wow, strange to see this glowing review, Jack. I heard it absolutely sucked.

    • jack p. says:

      Well Hot Carl, the screening audience I saw it with really enjoyed it. There even was applause at the end. And as you could tell I liked it too. But of course everyone has an opinion—and that’s good!

  7. cheech lifting weights says:

    The original actor featured a brave Tonto who was first and foremost a loyal friend to the Ranger. In an age of crappy depictions of Indians on TV, Tonto was played by an Indian and actually a role model.

    Now we have Tonto played by a white man and he looks absurd and talks in a fake Indian accent. I can’t help but think we took a step back here.

  8. chuck says:

    This movie and most movies coming out of Hollywood, are dreck. Dreck. Dreck.


  9. jack p. says:

    Hey Chuck,
    You may not like what Hollywood puts out but the rest of the world sure does. Our movies are some of America’s biggest exports—along with Boeing aircraft.

    • chuck says:

      Hey buddy, I ain’t mad about it or nuthin and it is just one guy’s opinion, but god almighty, it is, in general, dreck.


      HBO, Showtime, AMC etc. produce, EVERY WEEK, material that is far superior, engaging and inspirational.

      I am not saying, that every thing on cable is great either, but when you pony up 250M for a flick, there should be, at least in some of these so called blockbusters, plot lines, great acting, writing, cinematagraphy etc etc.

      They suck.


      What can I tell ya?

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