- Posted on: August 21, 2013 | Comments
The Lone Ranger was an American television show in the 50s, and my generation was exposed to it through comic books. The Lone Ranger was this white guy with a mask and a horse named Silver, and his sidekick was Tonto, a native Indian. The two went around fighting the bad guys in the Wild West and helping their innocent victims.
The movie has a twist to it, for Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) is a little naïve and it is Tonto (Johnny Depp) who is calling the shots and has all the wisdom. The bad guys are not the gunman who rides into town and kills randomly, but the greedy railroad entrepreneur who is building the railway on the land which belongs to the native Indians. Not only are the Indians cheated out of the land that rightfully belongs to them, but the cavalry is shown to be a handmaiden of the Machiavellian entrepreneur, and used to massacre the Indians.
Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are the team that produced the Pirates trilogy. Depp who has some Cherokee blood in him, commenting on the relationship of the Lone Ranger with Tonto is quoted to have said that what they did was to, “reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way the Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head”. They did a fine job of it, but not surprisingly, it was not popular in the USA, although it got better reviews in the UK.
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