Resident reviewer Gavin Miller runs the rule over the Disney reboot of the Lone Ranger...
But sadly lightning hasn’t struck twice for the trio – with this modern incarnation of the TV series proving to be nothing short of a box-office disaster.
Depp obviously felt he could put the same unique twist on Native American sidekick Tonto as he did with his much-lauded first Keith Richards-inspired turn as Jack Sparrow – but he alone can’t carry a movie that is misfiring.
Armie Hammer is surprisingly unheroic (and generally quite annoying) as the title character, John ‘Lone Ranger’ Reid, with the usually dominating presences of Tom Wilkinson (as corporate fat cat Cole), William Fichtner (as escaped outlaw Butch Cavendish) and Helena Bonham Carter (in one of her most pointless roles to date as brothel Madam Red Harrington), struggling to ignite a by-the-numbers plot.
Even the action set-pieces fail to be memorable (particularly the finale when the famous theme tune hits), and – bar the odd fleeting comedic moment from Depp – this is surprisingly a humourless affair.
This is simply not a very good movie and undoubtedly the biggest disappointment of the summer.
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