The Lone Ranger 獨行俠 (2013) – USA

Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA FIPRESCI
Review Date: 22nd August 2013

Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Written by: Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe, Terry Rossio

Starring:Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson

Film Distributed by Disney Movies Hong Kong
In cinemas Hong Kong from 15 August 2013.

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“The Lone Ranger” is not an outright bad film, as there are enough moments in the film where it actually qualify as funny and entertaining, but none of these are coherent or consistent. In fact, the opening 30 minutes is nearly a snooze fest and the film only comes to life when Johnny Depp steps into the threshold. However the film suffers from the lack of acting skills or any charisma from the highly uninteresting and monotone leading man in Armie Hammer. I am not going to make excuses, but the editing and trimming is almost terrible as the story of a lone ranger seeking for justice is never going to fill up 160 minutes of epic screen time. The casting is always problematic, with only Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter holding their own. This is a big movie with everything done on a large scale and not surprisingly failing spectacularly as well.

Armie Hammer is a terrible actor and while there are many actors that are similarly stoic, but the fact that he lacks any sort of acting skills, on screen presence and a half recognizable face, making him totally ineffectual. Adding to the bad news is that almost non existent chemistry between Hammer and Depp. Though you must also give a portion of the blame to the colored face of Depp as well. Johnny Depp effectively plays second fiddle and probably comes off the best thing in the movie. Although, even Depp cannot carry the film pass the finish line.

All in all, “The Lone Ranger” is at least an hour too long, far too many insignificant scenes, too much Hammer and too little of Johnny Depp. Maybe with the colour face and all the accessories, Depp is trying to remind us how much better “Pirates of Caribbean” series really is. I know the critics’ consensus is to pan the movie and after sitting through this tormenting 160 epic minutes, I can only agree.

I rated it 5/10

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