The Lone Ranger serves as the origin story of both the titular character John Reid (Armie Hammer), as well as his trusty companion Tonto (Johnny Depp). Their back stories are interesting enough but are unfortunately padded with some dreadful lulls in the storytelling. The pacing of this movie is not its friend. ESPECIALLY (and I can't say this enough...) with the horrible framing device used to tell the story. We begin in 1933 where a little boy visits a traveling carnival and sees an exhibit for the Native American....but finds that there's more story to be told than meets the eye (and also random side note: let it be said the makeup in these sequences is on the verge of disturbing.) Well, no harm is done though right? It's fine enough....until they show it 80 times when you just want to stay where the real story is. This aspect of the film, really pulled me out of it and took away greatly as no real purpose was served. That example underlies a great problem in general with the film: it meanders...and should be more to the point. If the storytelling was more concise...much of the movie's problems would be solved. But not all of them.
As much as I LOVE Armie Hammer (and do believe he did a good job in the role,) it is Depp, in one of his less memorable roles, that is tasked with the burden of carrying this film. I think this is again largely due to the script, but Depp kind of has the tendency to just take over, which is understandable. They have decent bro chemistry (hey better than Foxx/Tatum!) and I think did the best with what they were given...but it's not all that memorable. The comedic element in particular is lacking, and at times on the childish side (when will our culture outgrow poo jokes?) All in all, there was just something missing....and the supporting cast didn't really help out much either (besides Helena Bonham Carter in a way too small role.) I respect Ruth Wilson from her Jane Eyre days, but she made for rather a blah love interest saddled with an obligatory son to be put in constant danger. They basically added nothing but dead weight.