Disney's The Lone Ranger Movie Review

  • Release date: July 3, 2013
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter

The famed masked hero is once again brought to life through new eyes in this thrilling adventure that has been infused with action and humor. Tonto (Johnny Depp) the Native American warrior recounts the untold stories that transformed the life of John Reid (Armie Hammer) a man that once was a law man, into a legend of justice.

Get ready for a runaway train ride full of epic surprises and humorous friction between two iconic characters as they learn to not only work together but to trust each other as they fight against the corrupt and greedy.

Monday night I was finally able to take my mom along with my son and I to a press premiere movie screening. This time we got to preview Disney's new movie The Lone Ranger. I grew up watching reruns of the original television series and was rather excited to see how Disney would do with making a new movie out of it. Even before I went to the screening I was rather put off by the fact that Johnny Depp was playing Tonto and yet still looked like Captain Jack Sparrow but in different clothes. But alas I was totally up for giving it a try.

What I liked about the movie:
  • This one might be cheating but I have to say that I loved the trains. I have such a fascination with them so I definitely loved thee steam trains in the movie and the cgi that I believe was done for some parts looked pretty darn good. 
  • We laughed quite a bit throughout this movie which was great. There are definitely quite a few moments of that will either make you chuckle or totally laugh out loud. Tonto (Johnny Depp) had quite a bit to do what that as he was funny.
  • I definitely loved that they used the original Lone Ranger music which had the three of tapping our toes and bobbing our heads along with it. It brought back memories of when I was little and watched the show. The music was one of the best things about it.
  • Action, Action, Action. There is definitely a lot of action in this movie that never seems to stop. 
  • The special effects were great and never once led me to believe that they weren't real. Kudos to the special effects team for pulling off some great work. 
  • The ending of the movie was further off than when I thought it would be. Just when I thought the movie was coming to an end it just kept going which I thought was pretty great. They definitely got a lot into this 2 hour 29 minute movie and most of it was worth watching. 
  • The makeup on the bad guy was done really well to the point that it took me quite a bit of the movie to recognize him. 
What I didn't like about the movie:
  • The first thing that I have to say is Johnny Depp's makeup. It was absolutely horrible and Tonto never wore makeup in the tv series but I guess they were trying to make him look less like himself. It pretty much looked like he had dried mud on his face. 
  • Personally, I disliked the way in which they told the story. It could have been left out and done pretty well for itself without it. 
  • During these moments of telling the story Tonto is old looking and the old age makeup that was done looked absolutely dreadful. 

My three dislikes definitely do not override my likes and I would recommend seeing this movie. But I am not sure if I would have paid to see it in the theater. For one, it was not exactly a movie my son was into since it was not a cartoon. He wanted to get up, talk and leave so that might be a drawback for others that have kids. Also, it does have rather loud moments that might not exactly be good for kids that are sensitive to noises. Mine is but surprising did pretty well with them. And then there is the times where people are getting killed which for some parents might not find subtable for their children to watch. There was one particular scene that I did cover his eyes and mine teared up because it was rather sad. But all in all I enjoyed it and will be buying it to add to my Disney collection.

I absolutely loved these two photos so I just had to share them with you. She is so beautiful and the "Hi-Ho, Silver! Away!" stance is so iconic.


  1. Happy SITS day! Glad to read this review as my 5 year-old is dying to see this movie, but I think it will be way too intense for her...you confirmed that for sure!-Ashley

  2. Happy SITS day! Glad to read your review of the movie, as it was one we were considering going to see.

  3. My daughter and I were just talking about this movie last night. Love Johnny Depp so we were hoping the movie would be good. Thanks for the review! Now I'm off to check out your recipes! Happy SITS Day!

  4. Happy SITS Day! I am looking forward to seeing this movie with the hubby. I think I will like it, partly because Johnny Depp is in it and I just love him. Also, I, too, watched the TV series, so I'm curious about how it is in comparison. You have definitely left me wanting to see it (sans kids, of course). :) Have a great day!

  5. Happy SITS day! I grew up watching reruns of the Lone Ranger, so I am guessing I would probably like it. However, since we hardly ever get out and see movies...we'll probably end up waiting till its on pay per view. But maybe not...I wouldn't mind seeing it in the theatre.

  6. Happy SITS day! We're hoping to go see it in the theater, have to wait and see how that works out.

  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Lone Ranger movie. It makes me want to see it even more. Hope you're having a very happy SITS day. Congratulations on being featured blogger.

  8. Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it's a fabulous day for you.

    Thanks for the review. I've been iffy about seeing it. Sounds like something I should wait to see on dvd.

  9. I was quite the Lone Ranger fan growing up, so have been interested to see how the new movie would stack up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    {{ stopping by from SITS }}

  10. Dropping in from SITS and perfect luck that you did a review on the Lone Ranger. I plan on taking my husband to see it this weekend.

  11. Sounds like a fun movie! Dropping in from SITS, congrats on being featured blogger today.

  12. Happy SITS Day! I loved the Lone Ranger growing up and had no idea there was a remake. I don't like theaters but as soon as it's ready to rent I'll be doing that. Thanks for the honest review!

  13. I'm treating my husband to this movie tomorrow night. We've been looking forward to seeing it for MONTHS now. The trailer was so nicely done: definitely made you want to see the movie.

    I'm glad to see you liked it, for the most part.

    Have a great holiday weekend, Kimberly!


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