First of all, before we get into the movie, I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, and if any of my readers who are not American citizens, I say, "Celebrate with us!"
Now, on to The Lone Ranger, the movie with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. We took our great-grandsons to see it yesterday and we all give it a thumbs up overall. Two thumbs up for the comedy in it and one thumb down for the excess violence. As the CBS This Morning movie critic said, "They could have easily cut out a half-hour of it [and still made a good movie]. It was 2-and-a-half hours long and had plenty of action along with the gory violence. The bad guy was a heavily made-up Johnny Depp as Tonto, er, a County Prosecutor, Armie Hammer, er, an outlaw that was scheduled to be hanged by name of Butch Cavendish, er, no it was the head of the railroad, Latham Cole, er, uh, you pick him out. They all seemed to be outside the law until Tonto and the Lone Ranger get to riding, looking for this Butch feller, who had killed the Lone Ranger's brother and ate various parts of him. Butch was an ugly and mean, loutish killer with no conscience. Throw in a silver lode and a greedy railroad magnate, several chase scenes, and guns a-plenty, and we're off to a romp in the sand. Oh, yes, throw in some Comanches, who buried Tonto and The Lone Ranger up to their necks in the sand, and the cavalry to their rescue - or not, and the plot moves along fast and furious and comical. And throw in the local brothel owner with her wooden leg and the shotgun built in and the good woman, the Lone Ranger's brother's wife, er - widow for the SEX in this one, chuckle, chuckle.
This movie was funny and full of action scenes and beautiful scenery - Monument Valley it looked like and other parts of Utah, although it is set in Texas. It was well worth the entrance fee and the theater was not crowded in the middle of the day.