Ancient enough to have been brought up on the original Lone Ranger series on black and white television in the 1950s, I couldn't resist sneaking down to the cinema this week to see how they approach "those thrilling tales of yesteryear" a scary six decades later.
It will come as no surprise that it bears little resemblance to the original, which featured Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels in the leading roles. But what would you expect with Johnny Depp hamming it up as Tonto, wearing a dead crow on his head? In fact, the film has a distinct Pirates of the Caribbean feel to it, with doomed trains taking the place of sunken ships, and some of Tonto's mannerisms uncomfortably close to those of a certain Captain Jack Sparrow.
Fortunately the film doesn't take itself too seriously, although frankly it can't afford to as it's bit of a mess, albeit an entertaining one. It has received poor reviews in the US and one suspects Depp's antics are no longer the flavour of the month among some of the American public.