Written July 07, 2013
This movie was pure entertainment. I agree with other reviews that it was a bit too Disney. That said: Johnny Depp was right on mark with his typical quirky characterization. Great special effects with the horse Silver. Awesome villain. And Armie was very well suited as the reluctant hero. While there was much action - a few places did drag. Do go see this and ignore the professional critics.
Written July 05, 2013
What a great romp! Exciting scenes, lots of action, funny situations & lines when you least expect them. Only 2 problems I note: one is a very early in the movie gory, graphic scene with Butch Cavendish eating the heart of a live human. Necessary? I don't think so. The whole premise of Cavendish enjoying cannabalism mentioned more than once, in my opinion, does not justify the PG 13 rating & should have been left out. Secondly, the very long action at the end. This movie was long enough by the time you get to this part so the continual stretching seemed unwarranted. Movies today seem hung up on these long-winded endings. Despite these two points, the acting was superb., especially by the norses hired to play "Silver". Depp proved his prowess yet again in the role of Tonto. Great comedic timing in his lines & expressions. Hammer surprised me in this role , although the title character, truly second place to the Noble Savage. Go see this! Fun!
Written July 24, 2014
If nothing else, the Lone Tonto proves an important point: the Ranger premise can only support up-to 30-minutes of content, as demonstrated by the nostalgia for the predecessor TV series. Sadly, you are forced to sit-through a 2-hour movie before reaching this point.
Written August 08, 2013
Imagine being the very last speaker of your language and that all your people had been hunted and killed. That is what happened to the Native American called Ishi, who, after years of hiding out in remote hills of California, walked out into "civilization". What happened? anthropologists studied him and even put him on display in a glass case on Sundays in the museum on the campus of UC Berkeley.
In this remake of the much watched tv show, a young boy in a museum witnesses the old Indian in a diorama come alive. it's a metaphor for the Euroamerican desire to know the people whose civilization they disrupted, and a riff on any kid's ability to make the imaginary real.
But although the movie is framed by the Indian in the glass case, all that transpires once he exits his glass world is funny, wry, and smart. Tonto isn't just the sidekick, he is the twisted, all too human intellect behind the heroic acts that the handsome, naive Ranger attempts. it's a rollicking adventure. Go.
Written July 25, 2013
Not sure why there were so many negative reviews. We brought the family including two boys under 10 and had a great time. Movie buffs will appreciate the subtle (and not so subtle) nods to the Pirates of the Caribbean series. But I think the movie holds it's own as a fun summer Big Movie. Plot holes? Yes. Improbable outcomes and scenarios? Of course. Just like in any Bond film. But on the whole a big, fun summer movie. Time to feed the crow!