Grade • B-
DVD • Disney’s attempt to return "The Lone Ranger" to the multiplex is a mess, for sure, but a more entertaining one than critics or moviegoers gave it credit for.
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Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Tonto, the wandering Indian who finds greenhorn John Reid (Arnie Hammer) after an ambush killed his lawman brother (James Badge Dale) and a posse, is a free-for-all of mugging and mannerisms.
But director Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") knows how to mount ferocious action sequences, the scenery (some of it filmed in Utah) is gorgeous, and there’s something in Hammer’s rock-jawed portrayal that gives this Lone Ranger a true-blue authenticity.
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