Johnny Depp (need I say more?) and Helena Bonham Carter (also known as Tim Burton’s personal muse) are once again together on the big screen, for an adventurous Disney’s tale of justice and law. Directed by the imaginative and evocative mind of Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) and written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe, this exciting title has been in production since 2009, but it wasn’t until February 2012 that its announcement became official, making it a blockbuster waiting to happen.
The long promotion of this flick has kept Disney’s fans on their toes, especially after the ultra-famous film studio projected a surprise extra-long trailer of the movie during San Diego’s Comic-Con. As if that wasn’t enough a trigger, fans’ curiosity has been furthermore encouraged in April 2013, on the occasion of a global online event that allowed people to ask questions to cast, producers and director via Facebook and Twitter. At the same time, the official trailer finally appeared on the internet. It really sounds like July 3rd 2013, release date of the film, cannot come fast enough after all the talking about and around The Lone Ranger.
So what is it all about? The Lone Ranger sees Armie Hammer (The Social Network) impersonating the almost mythological figure of John Reid, the lone ranger himself: a very popular western character who was the protagonist of films and TV series in the ‘50s and who was inspired by the homonymous comic book. Resembling a more recent version of Robin Hood and dressing the part of a solitary hero, John Reid is a law-man who survived a sure death thanks to the special cures provided by Native American Tonto (Johnny Depp). With Tonto’s help, John Reid decides to begin wearing a mask and to spend his life defending weak individuals, as well as seeking a much desired revenge for his lost companions. The story is narrated by Tonto, who remembers his friend’s adventures with those humorous and quirky traits that often distinguish Johnny Depp’s characters.
If the excitement about the movie runs wild among supporters of previous Verbinski’s works, someone amusingly points out a few faults here and there in the poster and in the trailer, wondering if The Lone Ranger will satisfy the expectations it created. Editor/writer of website BeyondHollywood.Com, Nix, comments the newest poster by saying “I do believe we’ve gotten more posters than actual images for Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger”. […] Here’s another poster, featuring stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer walking coolly towards us as stuff (like one train overturning) happens behind them. Depp looks so tiny next to Hammer that he could be the masked man’s son. You’d think Depp’s managers would demand all photoshopped posters add an extra few inches to their client.”
I personally ask myself whether The Lone Ranger will follow the fortune encountered by the endless Pirates of the Caribbean saga, or if it will be a “solitary blockbuster”, destined to be forgotten in a couple years. What do you think?
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