The Lone Ranger

Review by Lucía Santiago Dantés
Aiou Silver!!!

What you will find in this movie? a very action packed western (or at least part of it), a surrealistic story,  great cinematography and a great performance by Johnny Depp.

Long gone are the days of watching on the tube The Lone Ranger (in glorious Black & White) along some other wonderful TV shows. It’s almost impossible to look at the big Lone Ranger poster at the Cineplex and not  give a sight honoring the long gone childhood. Alas! we have to embrace humanity and march along with the platoons of people to get a glimpse of what it used to be.

You may ask is it worth it? does it look like the old TV show? the answer is yes and no. Directed by  Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring, The Mexican) does a great job taking the spirit out of the show and revamping the Lone Ranger until he goes telling the story of Tonto (by the way, do you know that tonto means stupid in spanish? that’s probably why in México his name was changed to Toro) That bizarre Tonto was all Verbinski signature that I don’t know if I’m totally ok with it or not… I think I have the same mixed feelings and it said.. when you don’t know how to react you just say it was  ” interesting”.

The story is told in a huge flashback when a kid dress up as the Lone Ranger bumps into a traveling carnival and enters the show about the old wild west and stares into a old indian statue called called “The Noble Savage” who turns out to be alive and it’s none other than an aged Tonto.And so, Tonto  starts telling the story of John Reid aka Lone Ranger (portrayed by Armie Hammer).  During the story we see a young and naive John Reed arriving to town just to find out that justice is not that blind and his moral values begin to collapse when corruption in town puts the town upside down. John and his brother gets  shot in a ambush and while his older brother dies,  Tonto saves him through the wishes of an old spirit in the form of a white horse. He has a destiny to fulfill. It is Tonto’s idea to hide his true persona under the name of the Lone Ranger.  And while the good old “noble savage” shows that perhaps he’s noble but not that savage, as he plays a lot of sophisticated ideas and tricks with his trades, we found out why Tonto doesn’t believe in certain kid of strangers.  John doesn’t know how’s the story with Tonto but still he finds a great sidekick. Later he finds out with the Comanches his true stories and origin. I must disagree with the comanches when they say he is a “broken” individual. As Tonto knows exactly what he wants: revenge. Revenge after a group of  men arrive to his tribe and while the town gives them food and shelter they pay back killing the entire town when Tonto shows them a silver mine.  The same people who killed the town (and his crow, hence the dead crow on his head) are the same people who are now trying to own the town and the railroad company not to mention get the militia to work with them, killing comanches and that interfere their plans.

I really think Verbinski abused the characters in order to own the story. There’s no other reason to make this story so surreal. What I disagree is why always have to be the one that’s not white? but yet.. why he portrays the white man as a stupid and the other as a lunatic? in the real story both The Lone Ranger and Tonto are mavericks who are always trying to save people and do the right thing in order to prevail justice; specially to those who are in need.

At moments seems more like a parody of the Lone Ranger rather than an updated version of the Lone Ranger. I would dare to say it is very entertaining, and the story works in his own terms but still I would have preferred a more accurate adaptation to the good old Lone Ranger and not this alternate universe of The Lone Ranger.

Special appearance by Helna Boham Carter as Red Harrington.

I guess some things are meant not to be touched.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s