Be warned. Reuniting with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, Depp is at his quirkiest playing the ostensible hero’s kooky Comanche sidekick.
Yet for those not put off by Depp’s wilfully eccentric comic shtick, his double act with Armie Hammer’s upright lawman John Reid, aka the Lone Ranger, works like a dream.
True, the film is overlong, over indulgent and tonally uneven – but it’s also stuffed full of deadpan comedy, breakneck thrills and breathtaking visual spectacle.
And when score composer Hans Zimmer hands the baton over to Rossini and we hear the rousing strains of the William Tell Overture – theme, of course, to the original Lone Ranger radio and TV series – spurring the heroes to another impossible feat of derring-do, it’s hard not to be stirred and swept away.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download by Walt Disney Studios.
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