I was provided a copy of the movie in order to facilitate my review.
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) comes this years great adventure. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in The Lone Ranger, a wild ride of action, explosions, gunfights and adventure that brings the legendary masked legend to life. The Lone Ranger played by Armie Hammer, the last of his kind, teams with Tonto played by Johnny Depp, a dark and mysterious vigilante. In order to seek vengeance after justice has failed them both they decide to team up and work together. It’s a runaway train of epic surprises, as these two unlikely heroes must learn to work together before the ultimate showdown between good and evil explodes.
I went back on forth on whether or not to let the kids watch this. I do not necessarily follow the guidelines set forth by the powers that be that rate movies but I had heard there was some questionable scenes for the younger audiences so I went with me watching it first and going from there. And really? I think if your child is mature and old enough to understand that 1) it’s a movie and not real and 2) to ask questions when he/she is unsure of something then I think it should be okay. Again this is personal preference here. There is one scene in particular I can think of that would disturb the younger audiences but again if you have children who can discern reality and fiction then that helps. I would not let me younger two watch the movie. And you know with Johnny Depp there’s bound to be some oddness to it, it’s what we’ve come to expect of him but this is after all a Disney movie so not everything bad that happens goes into detail. It’s not a gory movie. My ten year old has been asking to see it so I think we’ll watch it together this weekend and play it by ear.
Now I’ll be honest here, I had never read any of the Lone Ranger Books. I’ve never heard the radio broadcast of it BUT I have heard the saying "Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!”. Never knew where it was from until now. So seeing as I have no idea about the background of the film I cannot speak to it’s authenticity but I really enjoyed the movie for what it was. The story of two heroes. It’s also fun to hear what Johnny Depp thought of being in the movie.
How would you describe your experience of working alongside Native Americans on The Lone Ranger?
Mr. Depp: The production was blessed by the Navaho and the Comanche, and we were treated incredibly by these wonderful, generous people. We all ended up having great relationships with them. One day, I got a call saying that a woman named Ladonna Harris – a very strong activist – had decided she wanted to adopt me into her family and into the Comanche Nation, which will always be the greatest honor that I’ve ever been given. It was amazing.
How much fun did you have playing an outlaw alongside Armie?
Mr. Depp: Outlaws are fun. They get to do things that we can’t. They break the rules, so there is that vicarious thrill in playing one.
You can now get your copy of The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, and On-Demand. It is rated PG-13 and the run time is approximately 2.5 hours. The Blu-Ray Combo pack also includes a blooper reel and deleted scenes.