Not quite the great time robbery it is purported to be, Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger (C-) is nonetheless an endless parade of tonal shifts and missed opportunities bookended by two of the most thrilling locomotive chases to be recently committed to screen. The biggest problem is a bland, underwritten and miscast hero, and Armie Hammer isn’t resourceful enough to imbue his character with any masked momentum. Johnny Depp is likable as Tonto, mixing warrior chic with emo sobbing, although his annual Chaplin meets Bugs Bunny blockbuster kitsch has run its course. High marks for production design, CGI-sparse old-fashioned stunts and potential integration into Disney theme parks’ Frontierland.
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