A second trailer for Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger has arrived and it's jam packed with the sort of massive big screen spectacle that fans were hoping for from the creative team behind Pirates Of The Caribbean. Also, it's got lots of Armie Hammer, who seems remarkably well suited for the title role and about to be launched into big time stardom. So, so far so good.
Unfortunately it also proves everyone right who ever suggested that sticking a bird on Johnny Depp's head and calling him Native American was a bad idea was pretty much bang on with every cautionary warning they ever threw out there. Caricature? I'm not sure Tonto even reaches that level here and what we see of him just calls back to the worst parts of actors playing roles in black face. Aren't we supposed to be past this sort of racial stereotyping and reductionism by now? Oh, dear.
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the
filmmaking team behind the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean"
franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger," a
thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed
masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit
warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed
John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of
justice--taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and
humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together
and fight against greed and corruption.