The verdict on “The Lone Ranger” and Johnny Depp’s performance as Tonto? Ugh.
Gore Verbinski’s bloated, overlong, $250 million western comedy is like watching an elephant tap dance in your living room: Everything gets trampled and the dancing’s not very good. The iconic image finally shows up two hours and 15 minutes in: The masked hero on a rearing stallion, crying “Hi-yo Silver, away!” as the galloping cadences of “The William Tell Overture” fill the soundtrack. By then, it’s too late.