Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 149 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 14+. This film, for being mostly marketed to children and tweens, actually skews somewhat older. There are scenes in a brothel, discussion of prostitution, many rape threats against various female characters, a few different cannibalism scenes, lots of murders, including some large-scale battle scenes, and some bathroom humor and language issues. It doesn’t deserve to have an R rating, but its PG-13 is pretty mature for a Disney film.
‘The Lone Ranger’ has all the problems typical of Disney action films: It’s overwhelmingly long, incredibly reductionist, and kind of sexist, as well as being fairly racist and surprisingly violent. The Johnny Depp film neither updates the cultural relevance of ‘The Lone Ranger’ nor faithfully copies the classic; it exists in a thoroughly unsatisfying middle ground between imitation and recreation.
By Roxana Hadadi
In 2013, looking back on the Lone Ranger and Tonto characters of the 1930s, they don’t come out so good. Tonto is a racist caricature of Native Americans and the Lone Ranger is a fairly boring white guy; by now, they’re classics of American pop culture, but there’s something markedly not politically correct about them now. And frustratingly, Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” does very little to either attack that fact about the characters or accept it, eschewing backstory or development for exploding trains and scantily clad prostitutes and very hungry cannibals. Although it’s full of so many subplots, “The Lone Ranger” often feels like it’s about nothing at all.