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Review: 'The Lone Ranger' is a runaway train

Tuesday - 7/2/2013, 2:32pm  ET

This publicity image released by Disney shows Johnny Depp as Tonto in a scene from "The Lone Ranger." (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

JAKE COYLE
AP Entertainment Writer

There's a limit, it turns out, to how much Johnny Depp and a bucket of makeup can accomplish.

In "The Lone Ranger," Gore Verbinski's flamboyant re-imagination of the hokey long-running radio show and '50s cowboy TV series, Depp eagerly attempts to recreate the extravagant magic of his similarly farcical Jack Sparrow of Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean."

With cracked white and black streaks down his face and a dead crow atop his head, Depp's Tonto (whose look makeup artist Joel Harlow took from the Kirby Sattler painting "I Am Crow") appears more witch doctor than warrior. One would think that a so-costumed Depp careening through the Old West with Buster Keaton aplomb would make "The Lone Ranger," at worst, entertaining.

But Verbinski's film, stretching hard to both reinvent an out-of-date brand and breathe new life in the Western with a desperate onslaught of bloated set pieces, is a poor locomotive for Depp's eccentric theatrics. For 2
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