Fantastic visuals fail to resurrect classic TV Western
When word first broke that Johnny Depp was going to star in a big-budget feature film update on the classic televison and radio serial "Lone Ranger", western fans around the world became very excited.
Then it was revealed that instead of the iconic lawman, Depp would instead take on the role of "faithful Indian companion" Tonto, which led to a lot of head-scratching. Armie Hammer was, instead, going to put on the mask and Texas Ranger badge.
Still, Depp has developed a well-deserved reputation for creating offbeat, indelible chatacters, ranging from Edward Scissorhands through Captain Jack Sparrow, so people were willing to reserve judgement.
And then we saw the movie. To say it was an incomprehensible mess would be kind. Visually, the movie was stunning with fanastic cinematography. From a story standpoint, though...well, if you haven't seen it, find out yourself.
Saturday Cinema: “The Lone Ranger”
Saturday, Mar. 29, 2:30 p.m.
Eastgate Public Library
5705 Marlin Rd., Ste. 1500.