Monday 12 August 2013

The Lone Ranger

On Saturday night I was transported to the Wild West by Disney’s new blockbuster, The Lone Ranger. The movie is currently advertised as being “from the team that brought you Pirates of The Carribbean” and that it certainly is. The look, the feel, the music; it is the American version of its British forerunners, which leads me to think that there may be a Lone Ranger 2 and 3 lurking around the corner. It’s interesting, therefore, that even in this film they’ve cast so many British actors for lead and supporting roles (Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Harry Treadaway, James Frain).

But of course, it’s all down to one American actor that audiences will be flocking to see Lone Ranger. Similar to his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp’s Tonto is essentially the fool, providing many a silly laugh, as well as coming to the hero’s aid on a number of occasions completely by accident. It is also a much aged Tonto that narrates the story, and in case you were wondering, yes, he does look a little like Keith Richards ;) Other Americans of note are Armie Hammer as the title character and William Fichtner, who is very well cast as the evil, bloodthirsty villain, Butch Cavendish. Definitely go and see Lone Ranger for a bit of light-hearted, action-packed fun, and before you put it all down to CGI, have a look at some rather impressive behind-the-scenes clips!

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