From this footage, it looks like The Lone Ranger is not the particularly kiddy-friendly wander in the desert many though it was – with its Led Zeppelin soundtrack, slow motion shootouts, dark cinematography and bleak Monument Valley landscapes, this is far rougher round the edges than the original radio serial.
After a neat railroad twist on the Jerry Bruckheimer tree ident, the key thing to look out for – or, rather, hear out for – is the voice of Johnny Depp's Tonto. Delivered in a staccato Native American tone, he even calls the Lone Ranger his pet name, Kemosabe, as well as holding unto the bottom of a moving train.
And yes, trains – trains are very much the centrepieces of the feature, with one even screeching on its side towards a building and the voiceover booming about the coming of a new power after centuries of horseback transport. In other words, expect train-based stunts aplenty alongside your regular dose of rootin', shootin' and tootin' (whatever that actually means).
August 9 the UK release date to put in your diaries, with American fans needing only to wait until July 3 for their big screen Lone Ranger goodness.
I grew up watching the Clayton Moore/Jay Silverheels tv show. This looks a bit... I don't know what.
Why has Depp got a bird on his head?
How the hell are the wheels on the locomotive still moving as it slides across the desert floor on its side?
If it's such a gritty, tough take on the story, why does the Ranger's hat look like its been whitewashed?
Maybe I'm just being picky but this all looks a bit odd. I'm a Depp fan but I'm getting a bit weary of his 'I'm a bit crazy me' schtick.
why he's called the lone ranger i'll never know. does Tonto ever leave???
he title doesn't refer to him being alone it refers to him being the only Ranger, the last one, in a group that were ambushed and left for dead. More