The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger ★★★★

There’s not many old fashioned western epics like The Lone Ranger anymore, and it’s toxic reputation is completely unfounded.

Lone Ranger utilizes more oldschool traditional western action-adventurism of the sort that has been largely forgotten in the last couple of decades. Gunfights, horse chases, train robberies, everything is here, and it’s all done with attention to detail, superb stunt work, and great visual effects. There had to be CGI in some of those scenes, but you won’t be able to tell where it comes in and where the practical effects pick back up.

The action is staged with the chaotic frenzy of Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, and the emergence of The Lone Ranger in the third act train set pieces easily ranks among the best action sequences of the decade. Fichtner’s role as Butch Cavendish is undeniably fascinating to look at and has a wonderful presence every time he’s in a scene. With a lot of time taken to witness the vastness of the frontier, and a great score from Hans Zimmer that makes the action more explosive and the emotion more meditative. When the climax starts and that overture blares, you’ll be grinning ear to ear and won’t stop until it’s all over.

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