When I was a kid, my superheroes were mostly dark and troubled.
Even my favorite Western crime fighter, the Lone Ranger, wore a mask.
From those days of black-and-white television, there has been only one person who was The Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore.
And one, and only one actor could play Tonto: Jay Silverheels. That was then; this is now.
If the new Disney Lone Ranger movie starring Johnny Depp as Tonto proves to be half as good as the trailers suggest, I’ll be a happy camper when it comes to theaters next month.
Of course the trailer to Skyfall looked great, and that movie itself only mediocre.
Hopefully, that won’t be a problem with The Lone Ranger.
It was a Ranger…riding a white horse. Got some lunatic Indian with him. They’re coming for you…
Yes, they are. I’m ready.
After piquing her interest with a few priceless Johnny Depp scenes as Tonto, my wife has agreed that can be my birthday present, only a few days early.
The last time Lisa watched a movie that was not on DVD it was the final installment of Lord of the Rings, so getting her to agree to go to the theater was no small achievement.
In the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Johnny Depp was an absolute delight as Captain Jack Sparrow. In that movie, Depp single-handedly turned a somewhat mediocre script loosely based on the two minute ride at Disney World into a two hour movie that was actually worth watching, at least in his scenes, mainly using his uncanny talent as a comedic actor.
I didn’t bother with the sequels to Pirates; after all, the ride itself was only two minutes long.
But now Disney is looking to create the same magic with the same producer, director and lead actor, though with a whole new franchise.
And I think it’s gonna be huge. I can’t wait to hear the William Tell Overture once more.
Johnny Depp has a particular talent for producing brilliant facial expressions, even in the midst of an action scene for comic effect.
Based on what I’ve seen so far, Johnny Depp is going to make a great “lunatic” Indian.
He’s so good, he’s already been named an honorary Comanche.
The horse that plays Silver might might even deserve an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor.