Having grown up with the “Lone Ranger” on ABC and Mutual Radio and then early TV in Spokane, of course I was drawn to the new movie of the same name with Johnny Deppp as Tonto. Since I own a DVD of three episodes of the 50s TV show, I was primed with all things LR before going to the movie Thursday. So I was blown away that the movie uses the same bad guy characters, the Cavendish Gang, that appear in the old TV show. What took 50 minutes in the 1950s now is 2.5 hours long. Glenn Strange, the Frankenstein monster at Universal in the 40s, played Butch Cavendish in the 50s TV show
They could have shown this movie in the small Ritz Theater in Spokane for the handful of people who showed up yesterday. Who remembers the LR and the William Tell Overture theme? Army Hammer is well cast as the handsome hero as was Clayton Moore in the original. Much overwhelming are the special effects action scenes involving trains and whatnot. The surround sound will wake the dead.
Depp is heavily encased in weird makeup and some Halloween costume that would shock the bejezuz out of Jay Silverheels, the original Tonto.
Certainly the Disney Studios has become more generous with violence and suggested gore with the new Lone Ranger than I can remember in any of their offerings of yesteryear. Also Miss Helena Carter Bonham plays a charming prostitute.
The saving grace for this mediocre movie is the characterization of the railroad capitalists as warmongers involved in evil schemes that result in wholesale carnage.