~I received a copy of The Lone Ranger for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
First of all, if I had to pick a favorite film for all of 2013 it would be this one. I watch a lot of movies, but this one had my son and I laughing all the way through, in the bonus features and beyond. I was blown away by the humor, the incredibly beautiful scenes, acting and the deeper story within.
Disney’s The Lone Ranger is the first film to come out in 23 years featuring the characters Tonto and The Lone Ranger. I wasn’t a really big fan of the earlier work that came out long before me, but most kids know who these characters are or at least the theme song! However, this is not a little kid movie and incorporates a few adult concepts which justify the PG-13 rating.
Most of the film is cut with slap-stick humor, but there is a deeper more meaningful and sad plot to the story that I think was handled perfectly. As my teen is currently studying American History, it excited him to see behind the humor into the story of the Comanche.
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in The Lone Ranger, from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Director Gore Verbinski. It’s a wild ride of high velocity action, explosions and gunfights that brings the famed masked legend to life through brand-new eyes. The Lone Ranger (Hammer), the last of his kind, teams with Tonto (Depp), a dark and mysterious vigilante, to seek vengeance after justice has failed them. It’s a runaway train of epic surprises, as these two unlikely heroes must learn to work together before the ultimate showdown between good and evil explodes.
I would love to go into more depth about the story of Tonto which breaths so much life into the film, but I fear it would take something away from new watchers. I can only say that Johnny Depp did such an incredible job really getting to the heart of Tonto and weaving a new light on Native American’s in film. This is a piece from an interview with Johnny Depp that I feel strongly makes the point.
How do you make an iconic character like Tonto relative to today?
I think he’s very relevant. For however long cinema’s been around, Native Americans have been treated very poorly by Hollywood. For the most part, they’ve been depicted as savages, or whatever terms they’ve used to describe them. I didn’t want to play this character as the sidekick to the Lone Ranger. I didn’t want the Lone Ranger to say to him, “Go fetch me a soda, boy.” Instead, I wanted to portray him as a warrior and as a man with great integrity and dignity. It’s my small sliver of a contribution to try and right the wrongs that have been committed in the past.
How would you describe your experience of working alongside Native Americans on The Lone Ranger?
The production was blessed by the Navaho and the Comanche, and we were treated incredibly by these wonderful, generous people. We all ended up having great relationships with them. One day, I got a call saying that a woman named Ladonna Harris – a very strong activist – had decided she wanted to adopt me into her family and into the Comanche Nation, which will always be the greatest honor that I’ve ever been given. It was amazing.
Whether you are a long time fan of The Lone Ranger classics or are new to the entire franchise, Disney’s The Lone Ranger is a keeper. There is a lot of originality mixed in with the classic concepts of these very iconic American characters that it serves up a very unique and fun film.
Bonus Materials available on the Blu-ray Combo are also amazing!
- Blooper Reel
- Deleted Scenes
- Riding The Rails Of The Lone Ranger – 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 – 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 – 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.
The Lone Ranger officially released today on Blu-ray Combo! You can pick it up at retailers or for $21.96 on Amazon.