The Lone Ranger is a bloated, wild, wacky, mega-budget, wide-screen re-imagining of an iconic radio serial made in the early 1940s and a television series in 1956-57. It is the story of John Reid (Armie Hammer) a masked hero, who is 'out to right the wrongs', and his constant Indian sidekick Tonto (Johnny Depp). It is also the story of exploration and corruption during the early American history. The film is treated like a pulpy classic cowboy-western genre.
The narration of The Lone Ranger begins in a rather absurd fashion and resorts to flash backs that return now and then to the point of origination. The story starts with a wide-eyed kid (Mason Cook), wearing a white cowboy hat and a black mask, exploring the Wild West sort-of-a museum at the carnival show in 1933, San Francisco.
He stops at the counter labelled 'The Noble Savage' to assess a wrinkly, arched figure with a mounted crow as a headgear. With the magic of a children's fable, the Indian comes alive. He is Tonto, and he gears up to tell the boy about John Reid, a learned lawyer from the East who arrived in Colby, Texas, back in 1869 with a copy of John Locke's 'Two Treatises of Government' tucked under his arm.
Upon his arrival in Colby, John Reid is deputised as a Ranger by his macho brother Dan (James Badge Dale) in order to help arrest the notorious savage outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner). But things do not go according to plan, and Reid ends up appearing dead.
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