Movie Review: Power Rangers
Updated: May 28, 2019
Go Go Power… Flop. Maybe I am making it seem worse than what it was. But it definitely wanted to be its own version of the infamous kid’s Television that Saban came out with 20+ years ago. With all the nerd rage and huge criticism on the suits/zords, I decided to give it a shot anyways.
“Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it's too late, band together as the Power Rangers.”
Before we start, here is a snippet of the reviews I have seen:
“Power Rangers has mixed success with its efforts to modernize the franchise, but offers enough playful storytelling and spectacle to offset its flaws” - Sandy Schaefer, Screen Rant
“Except for a couple of standout performances, this reboot takes itself too seriously and is too unevenly executed for a property that originally delighted in campy silliness.” - Owen Fleiberman, Variety
“This movie is out of its goddamn mind. But if we’re going to continue to be sold empty nostalgia calories, they may as well taste this sweet.” – Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Some really stiff liners right there. My review isn’t that rough but I do hit some key points. If this film had a little better creative direction and better origin stories, this could have been a home run. They spent a ton of time working on Jason Lee(Dacre Montgomery) aka the Red Ranger, story more than anything. We get it, he was a football star that threw it all away. It’s not like we need to be reminded about it. Followed by Kimberly Hart(Naomi Scott) aka the Pink Ranger, who did a horrible thing and couldn’t get over it. /groan. Then we have Zack Taylor(Ludi Lin) aka the Black Ranger whose mom is really sick. Yup. That’s all we got for him. Oh, he doesn’t go to school often. Next up, Trini Kawn(Becky G.. really? IMDB listed her last name as G… Ok then) aka the yellow ranger. Doesn’t get along with people. Moves around a lot. Finally brings me to Billy Cranston(R.J Cyler) aka the Blue Ranger. The only character to have a decent story which revolved him coping with his father’s passing and dealing with in ability to understand humor and such. I found his story meaningful. So 1 out of 5 ain’t bad, right?
Bryan Cranston as Zordon? No concern. Actually was a good fit as well. Bill Hader has alpha 5? Now, I could be annoyed based by the nostalgic argument, but he was still entertaining. Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. That one was hard to swallow. Gone is the menacing witch person to the newly reformed Green Ranger now turned demon from the a recent horror flick. Now before I bring up the the changes to the story, let’s talk about the seriousness of the film. Now Power Rangers always had a sense of “cheesiness” and “campy” feel because it was a kids show. And that’s fine. This film starts off super serious and pushes the envelope with its sexual references for the first half of the film. But as soon as they start to learn more about being a Ranger, its loses all of its seriousness. It’s nice to have the throw back, but why ruin the mood of a film for a quick pop?
The story now puts Zordon as the Red Ranger who was fighting the Green Ranger, which happens to be Rita Repulsa millions of years ago. That’s quite different, and then he sacrifices himself by causing the “big bang” on earth so Rita cannot get all the morpher coins. Alpha then transfers Zordon consciousness into the ship(no longer a temple or different dimension) to keep Zordon alive. However, they become dormant for millions of years until Billy decides to take dynamite to a random place in the mine. And it so happens, all the soon to be rangers, are there.
You wanted to be different, I get that. You even turned Goldar into a gold version of ClayFace, Rita Repulsa into the Green Ranger, and her army of the Puddies into moving rock monsters. But I don’t like a movie where it makes everything “convenient.” Its convenient that 5 teenagers with attitude find the coins in a random place in a mine, Rita Repulsa somehow gets found in the ocean the same day, and the Zeo stone was in a Krispy Crème. Wouldn’t it make more sense that she slowly arrives and then everything happens months later because of disturbing reports? Or they find the stones and then Rita shows up as vice versa? Not in 10 days. This isn’t the ring. No little girl is coming out of the well.
Also, why did the MegaZord look like old school Optimus Prime? How Did Zack drive the Mammoth with being attached to the Zord without his suit? Why did Billy have access to dynamite? So many questions. But if you are looking for a popcorn action flick, its decent. If you are a hardcore fan, it’s easier to accept things.