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The Lone Ranger

  • Rated PG13
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action & adventure

Johnny Depp stars in this wild ride of high-velocity action.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Occasionally entertaining but overlong and overly violent.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Lone Ranger is a reboot of the famous TV show and film serials about a lawman-turned-vigilante and his trusty Native American sidekick, Tonto. Only in Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski's take, Tonto (Johnny Depp) isn't merely a secondary character -- he's the story's guide, catalyst, and narrator. There's a surprising amount of violence -- not just the body count, but also persistent references to cannibalism (including a scene of a man's heart being cut out and eaten, albeit partially in shadow) and rape. (Some of the scary scenes are interrupted by flash-forwards, relieving the intensity, but things still get tense.) The language is mild, as is the sexuality (although one scene does take place in a brothel, and a supporting player is a madam), and the drinking is done by adults. A kid holds a gun to a man who's threatening his mother's life, and the lesson that sometimes the law can't provide true justice takes a bit of discussion. On the plus side, Depp has said he is in fact of Native American heritage and had the support of several Native American groups in his portrayal of Tonto.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in The Lone Ranger. Is there more, less, or the amount you expected in the movie? What is the violence motivated by? What is its impact?
  • Johnny Depp, who's partially of Native American heritage, and Disney reached out to the Native community to make sure that his portrayal of Tonto wasn't offensive. Do you think they succeeded?
  • Discuss the history of the railroad, the idea of manifest destiny, and why the country's Westward expansion was so pivotal in the decades after the Civil War. Talk about the facts that there really were many Chinese men involved in the making of the railroad and that the history of the Native Americans in the late 19th century is one of death and loss of land.
  • This adventure is an origin story for the Lone Ranger of television lore. What do you think of the story line? Has it sparked or renewed your interest in the TV show?

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4 stars

Some people love it, some other hate it. As for me, I think it was a decent film. Although it is a little bit too long and you can feel it boring at some point, never less it has very good action moments and very good humor too. Johnny Depp as Tonto is quite excellent, some people say that he resembles with their other characters, I don't see it but anyway he steals the movie. The one I feel kinda weak as the Lone Ranger was Armie Hammer, he really doesn't convince me at all. In conclusion, I think The Lone Ranger was enjoyable and entetaining. The typical summer movie you want to see to spend a good time.

- barrys, Saturday, August 3, 2013

4 stars

It's two and half of the most spectacular hours you will see this year on film. A rousing thrill-ride that will bring out the kid in all of us. A tremendously entertaining and exhilarating action-packed adventure that you will love from start to finish. An instant classic that's filled with explosive gun-play, explosions, laughs and great fun that you cant miss. An astonishing epic adventure, even with all of its visual dazzle, it does not ignore that this film has a real big heart. A gorgeous backdrop of the landscape and shows very well that the western still knows how to be stunning. A smart, wickedly funny and wonderfully exciting action movie. A relentlessly heart-pounding and adrenaline-pumping good time at the movies. An action-packed roller-coaster ride that you wont be able to resist. Director, Gore Verbinski and Producer, Jerry Bruckheimer have done it again, creating another outstanding adventure film that will thrill and amuse you on any day or night. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer are sensational, they have fun and truly great chemistry that just breathes new life into the original dynamic duo. Depp is funny, thrilling and terrific. Hammer is excellent, he has real charisma and potential as a leading man. William Fichtner is brilliant. Tom Wilkinson is fantastic.

- allan913, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

3 stars

I don't rate films based on commercial success. If I did I'd be telling you that Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life, Harold and Maude, Fight Club, Blade Runner and The Shawshank Redemption were all terrible films. The Lone Ranger was being slated by people before anyone had even seen it and apart from not making as many billions as the studio had hoped, I can't see what is so bad about it. It does ramble on a bit but quite frankly show me a Western that doesn't. They're supposed to! Most 'blockbusters' do too these days. It could have been shorter and it was a little self-indulgent by Gore Verbinski but then this is what he does best. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were both great in the lead roles and William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson were perfect baddies. It had action, comedy, Adventure, great visual effects and a little bit of romance to boot. It is everything you could want from a summer blockbuster and an example of a remake/reboot done well. The fact that the Razzies gave it an award this year just shows you what little credibility they have.

- SirPant, Wednesday, March 5, 2014