Rating: PG-13, for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material.
A Lone Ranger origin story from Tonto’s perspective, this is 2 ½ hours of bloated special effects, overlong set pieces and awkwardly blended efforts at humor, action, mysticism, romance and historical lesson. This should come as no surprise from the people who brought you the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, collaborating once again with star Johnny Depp. Just the sheer length, enormity and confusion at work here might be too overwhelming and/or boring for many kids. There’s a lot of Western-style gunplay and at one point, a criminal who’s a purported cannibal carves out a guy’s heart and eats it. (You don’t actually see this, but you do see blood and it’s implied.) There’s also a brothel sequence, if you feel like explaining that to your children. Oh, and Armie Hammer, as the title character, gets his head dragged through a pile of horse poop. Viewers might feel as if the same thing is happening to them.