Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013)
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Screenplay by: Justin Haythe
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Screen story by: Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Justin Haythe

Based on original Lone Ranger radio serials

Armie Hammer as John Reid (Lone Ranger)
Johnny Depp as Tonto

My rating: 5

Per imdb:
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Although the movie mostly is about the Lone Ranger and Tonto, I wanted to include a shot of the ladies in town.

Per wikipedia:

Here are guidelines that embody who and what the Lone Ranger is:

* The Lone Ranger is never seen without his mask or a disguise.

* With emphasis on logic, The Lone Ranger is never captured or held for any length of time by lawmen, avoiding his being unmasked.

* The Lone Ranger always uses perfect grammar and precise speech completely devoid of slang and colloquial phrases, at all times.

* When he has to use guns, The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible.

* Logically, too, The Lone Ranger never wins against hopeless odds; i.e., he is never seen escaping from a barrage of bullets merely by riding into the horizon.

* Even though The Lone Ranger offers his aid to individuals or small groups, the ultimate objective of his story never fails to imply that their benefit is only a by-product of a greater achievement—the development of the west or our country. His adversaries are usually groups whose power is such that large areas are at stake.

* Adversaries are never other than American to avoid criticism from minority groups. There were exceptions to this rule. He sometimes battled foreign agents, though their nation of origin was generally not named. One exception was helping the Mexican Juarez against French troops of Emperor Maximilian, as occurred in radio episodes such as "Supplies for Juarez" (18 September 1939), "Hunted by Legionnaires" (20 September 1939) and "Lafitte's Reinforcements" (22 September 1939).

* Names of unsympathetic characters are carefully chosen, never consisting of two names if it can be avoided, to avoid even further vicarious association—more often than not, a single nickname is selected.

* The Lone Ranger never drinks or smokes and saloon scenes are usually interpreted as cafes, with waiters and food instead of bartenders and liquor.

* Criminals are never shown in enviable positions of wealth or power, and they never appear as successful or glamorous.


My two-bits:
This flick is filled with action, adventure and chuckles. Watching it is a fun way to be introduced to this all-around-good-guys duo.


READ a novelization of this movie...

The Lone Ranger
by Elizabeth Rudnick

GET familiar with the original...

The Lone Ranger
by Gaylord DuBois
-first book (1936) in series of 18
-cover image source

The Lone Ranger and the Mystery Ranch
by Francis Hamilton Striker
-second book (1938) in series of 18
-cover image source

CHECK out this version...

Lone Ranger
Omnibus Volume 1 TP
by Brett Matthews
illustrated by Sergio Cariello

Dynamite's The Lone Ranger series - written by Brett Matthews and expertly rendered by Sergio Cariello and Paul Pope, with incredible covers by the amazing John Cassaday - is a must-read for long-time fans of America's favorite hero of the Wild West! Now for the first time ever, all 25 issues, plus The Lone Ranger: Creed #0 FCBD story, are available in one-amazing collection! The Lone Ranger Omnibus Volume 1 features 632-pages of this classic Eisner Nominated series, as well as a complete cover gallery! Read the entire story of how John Reid was transformed into The Lone Ranger, and, along with his partner Tonto, set a new standard of justice in the Old West!

LAST but not least, must listen to this Hans Zimmer version of William Tell Overture

from Lone Ranger [Soundtrack]

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