By Sherry Lipp
The big problem with the casting is Johnny Depp, who remains pancaked with makeup in an attempt to disguise the fact that the actor is not Native American. It’s shocking that in 2013, roles conceived for ethnic minorities are still being given to white actors. Depp, to his credit, mostly underplays, instilling Tonto with sort of a Zen stillness as he dodges obstacles during the action scenes. However, perhaps it would’ve been more fair to cast an actual Native American and save the star power for the title role. Armie Hammer is a curious choice for a mega-budget summer blockbuster (or at least attempted blockbuster, as the initial box office receipts suggest it will fall far short of that status). It’s not that he’s unlikeable, but that he has to wait so long to fully inhabit the character. Reid is resistant to attempt any real derring-do until the film’s climax.