By Gretchen Ritchey, staff writer —
“The Lone Ranger” fell to “Despicable Me 2” in its opening weekend, although I’m not sure why.
Last Friday evening I went to see the Ranger and Tonto in the “The Lone Ranger” with my friend, Dara.
Growing up we were both avid watchers of “The Lone Ranger” TV series.
I had not read a review of the movie nor talked to anyone who had seen it.
I wanted to see the movie after seeing the movie trailer. It looked very comical.
If it’s got Johnny Depp in it, it’s got to be entertaining.
And yes, funny it was.
Before seeing the movie, I had heard some people say, “Johnny Depp as Tonto, don’t see it.”
Well, I did. He made for a very hilarious Tonto. Although the movie was about John Reid (The Lone Ranger), played by Armie Hammer, the story wouldn’t have been near as fun without Depp as Tonto.
The movie begins with a young boy going to a Wild West Show and talking to an Indian in the museum part of the show. The boy had a black mask symbolic of the Lone Ranger.
The Indian begins to tell the boy about a ruthless outlaw Butch Cavendish who had a terribly scarred face on a train bound for Colby, Texas, to be hanged.
John Reid, a stalwart idealist, firmly opposed to the violent ethics of the frontier, where justice is regularly meted out by gunshot was also on the train bound for Colby, Texas.
Little does he know that a chance meeting with Comanche warrior Tonto, will set off a series of events that would change him into the enigmatic hero, the masked Lone Ranger.
John’s brother, Dan, is a Texas Ranger who is in search of Cavendish after he escapes while in route to be hanged. Dan convinces John, who strongly opposes gun violence, to join him as a Texas Ranger on a posse ride in search of the ruthless outlaw.
Unfortunately the outcome for the riders didn’t go as planned. This is where Tonto and Silver (the spirit horse) come into play.
During the movie viewers are introduced to Red Harrington, played by Helena Bonham Carter, who is a dramatically coiffure, straight-talking, ivory-legged proprietor of a mobile establishment of lavish entertainment. There are several points in the movie where Red uses her leg to help the Long Ranger and Tonto.
The story is not just about the Lone Ranger and Tonto, there’s a twist.
Rebecca Reid, played by Ruth Wilson, is a very pretty young lady with a young son and the wife of John’s brother, Dan. At some point John and Rebecca apparently were closer than in-laws in the past and those feelings come to light again.
Viewers need to pay attention to the small things in this movie. It’s those small, sometimes insignificant, things that make the movie so great.
Tonto repeatedly makes reference to how the balance of nature is off, shaking his head.
Of course The Lone Ranger, with the help of Tonto, saves the day and well, you’ll have to see the movie to see how they do it.
The movie also gives viewers a look at Tonto’s past and that Silver, not only refers to the magnificent white spirit horse but to a mineral found in the ground.