The Lone Ranger

First slide

Eccentric and overlong reinterpretation of the familiar crime-fighting partnership between the titular hero (Armie Hammer) of the frontier and his faithful Native American companion, Tonto (Johnny Depp). Here an elderly, whimsical Tonto recounts the circumstances that initially brought them together as well as their struggle to capture a viciously depraved outlaw (William Fichtner). Set primarily amidst the race to complete the transcontinental railroad, with Tom Wilkinson playing a shady train company executive, director Gore Verbinski's action comedy offers a warning about the corrupting influence of greed. But one of the aspects of European culture that gets trounced is Christianity, with believers shown up as either weaklings or hypocrites. Indian spirituality and values, by contrast, are generally glorified.

Watch out for: A negative treatment of Christian faith, considerable action violence with some gore, mature themes, including cannibalism and prostitution, a transvestite character, brief scatological imagery and humor, at least one crass term.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013