While the title may have you convinced that the main focus of this movie is about The Lone Ranger, unfortunately Johnny Depp, as usual, is in the spotlight of this movie as the witty, comical Native American, Tonto.
The movie begins at a carnival, where an aged Tonto tells the story of his adventures with The Lone Ranger.
The movie constantly flashes to this scene, which is unnecessary. The movie could have been made up of the plot itself, without the extra time that these small, yet frequent, flashbacks add to the already lengthy movie.
While on a train to the town of Colby, lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) meets Tonto when he enters the prisoner car. It is never explained why Tonto is a prisoner, yet he is clearly chained up.
When the other prisoner in the car escapes, John rushes to put Tonto in a cell so he can assist his brother, a Colby Ranger, in finding the runaway. All of the rangers die besides John, hence the title.
Disturbingly, the runaway prisoner turns out to be a flesh-eating outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), who ate part of John's brother after killing him.
The rest of the movie is about The Lone Ranger's hunt for the man that killed his brother (and do I need to mention again that he ate part of him?).
Tonto magically breaks out of prison, which is difficult to believe, and finds John, and they team up to find the people that have done them wrong.The chemistry between Depp and Hammer is amazing. The two portray their characters so well together that they are almost closer than they should have been.
I know I wouldn't be too trusting of a strange Native American man that I had met only once before, especially knowing that he is a fugitive capable of breaking out of prison.
The plot is the movie's weakness, over-exaggerated and unbelievable. The feats that the two pull off are super-human, and their luck too perfectly scripted.
Everything seems to work out exactly as they plan, with no real conflict besides them trying to find those who have done them wrong.
Though the plot is unbelievable, the acting is spectacular. Every character has a perfect actor or actress to act the role, such as Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movies), who excellently acts her role as a seductive woman who assists the duo.
The costumes add even more depth to each individual.“What's with the mask,” is the running joke of this movie, and it helps fills the gaps between Tonto's quirky Native American antics and the serious action that is taking place.
Still, this funny, yet serious, light-action movie takes too long to ride off into the sunset.