To all, like me, who grew up watching Clayton Moore's Lone Ranger on television, prepare to be disappointed by the new Disney remake. I really wanted to enjoy this film. I wanted t give it a chance. But Disney, once again, takes liberties, and screws up the Lone Ranger's origin. This is not the masked rider of the plains we know and love. Clayton Moore's Lone Ranger was a man of dignity and honor, while Armie Hammer's version is a naive, uptight klutz. Moore's Ranger was an expert with a gun, and vowed from the beginning never to take a human life, and used silver bullets to show that life was a precious commodity. The first time Hammer fires a gun, it's the overused ricocheting bullet scene, which inadvertantly kills two of Butch Cavendish's men. Also, his brother was married to his former girl friend, and after Dan Reid's death, she and Hammer share a smoldering kiss. Moore would never would have made a move on his brother's widow, no matter what their past relationship was. This film is basically Tonto's (Johnny Depp's) story, with the masked man thrown in (think of Bo Derek's version of Tarzan in the 1980s). I remember over 30 years ago, everyone considered the Klinton Spillsbury "Lone Ranger" movie a debacle. I feel Disney's version will raise Spillsbury's to a level of respectability. If you want to see a good Lone Ranger movie, I suggest watching "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold" from 1958. It was Clayton Moore's and Jay Silverheel's final appearance as the masked man and Tonto, made after the series was cancelled (excluding those pizza roll commercials in the '60s). TCM shows it every now and then.
Trivia note: I'm sure you all know that on radio, the Lone Ranger's nephew, Dan Reid, Jr, grew up to become the father of the Green Hornet.