‘Power Rangers’ Film Review

Grade: F

Power Rangers Movie Poster

‘Power Rangers’ featuring the rainbow cavalcade of teenagers in super suits was a huge deal when the show was on television stations in the 90’s. The 90’s was a decade when kids could just watch their favorite shows with snack packs and cereal when they gathered around their televisions every Saturday morning. I grew up with the ‘Power Rangers’ and still have the original ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers’ movie in my collection. (Although it is kept in storage for now.) Memories of my childhood have been brought back in the form of a reboot film catered to those who grew up with these karate-chopping teenagers. The original show (as cheesy as it was) was actually better.

I knew I was skeptical of seeing this ‘Fantastic Four’ wannabe when I saw the trailer. (Luckily, the second trailer was better.) I wanted to see more Power Rangers and less teenagers trying to connect in a mashup of ‘The Breakfast Club’, the 2015 reboot of ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Transformers’. I admit that the film improves upon itself with the robot Alpha 5 (Voice of Bill Hader) being smaller than his cheesy counterpart from the original series. The film at least tries to give a connection between its main rangers in an emotional, and sometimes humorous way.

There is action that is fun and thrilling at times, but for the most part, I just couldn’t get over its many flaws that convince me to think that this movie is terrible. ‘Power Rangers’ is laughable visually and teasing when it doesn’t need to be. The cast of characters are charismatic, but poorly developed in a way to make you sympathize with their problems. 

There’s Jason (Dacre Montgomery), the former star of his high school football team involved with a criminal record, Kimberly (Naomi Scott), a girl who is losing a couple of friends over something she did, Billy (RJ Cyler), a smart, tech-savvy teen who is “on the spectrum”, Zack (Ludi Lin), a wild card who is taking care of his sick mother, and Trini (Becky G), an insecure outcast who wants no part of the group. 

We are given some amazing shots underwater before we get to see these five teenagers go into Zordon’s (Bryan Cranston) lair where they have to train to become rangers, but for the way most of this movie is filmed, we are given nothing but shaky cam. I would have no problem with ‘Power Rangers’ if it showed us the rangers in their glory. When we do see them however, we don’t get much of a view of their masks. Instead, those shots are hidden from us.

There is a huge climax near the end of the film that should be amazing and thrilling to watch. Though, it is somewhat satisfying to the ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers’ fan, it still feels like just another frustrating time. Not even Rita Repulsa (Portrayed by Elizabeth Banks) can save this movie with her creepy demeanor and laugh factor.

 

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