Playing like an uneasy marriage between director Gore Verbinski’s sharp, soulful animation Rango and his bloated Pirates sequels, this much-maligned updated take on masked vigilante John Reid suffers chiefly from not knowing who its hero is.
Johnny Depp’s warrior Tonto is too enigmatic to be the leading man, but the focus on him undermines Armie Hammer’s already bland Reid. But there are moments of real ingenuity and fun here, if you can pick them out amid the mess of convoluted plot strands.
It’s baggy, confused and downright wrong-headed at times, but The Lone Ranger fails in more interesting ways than many blockbusters succeed.
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