Movie Review: Power Rangers
Once upon a time (the 1990s) there was a young girl who would sit down in front of the television to watch Power Rangers. She would jump and yell as the campy clad teens (adults) fought equally campy villains. She loved the Power Rangers and when it came time to play with dolls, she often would choose to play with her pink and yellow rangers.
This week, that same girl, now 29, sat in a movie theater and watched as a whole new generation was introduced to the franchise she so admired. The best part was that she felt like she was introduced to the franchise again, too.
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who 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. via Lionsgate
Saban’s Power Rangers is not the same Power Rangers that 90’s kids the world over remember. However, they are Power Rangers for the 21st century. This film is the perfect introduction to these new rangers and what they represent. With characters openly representing the autism spectrum and breaking gender norms the film manages to capture the essence of it’s predecessors, but is unique to it’s time.
On a technical note, the production is solid. CGI replaces the practical effects of the original which is kind of sad but also done really well. All of the actors embody their characters with relative ease and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa is amazing. I highly recommend seeing this new Power Rangers and am very much anticipating any and all sequels. One quick hint for my fellow 90’s kids: be on the look out for Easter Eggs, there are quite a few.
Reason to See:
This is a good reboot that does a great job of paying homage to it’s predecessors while also standing on it’s own two feet.
Reason to Skip:
While this isn’t the most revolutionary movie ever made, I honestly think that most people would enjoy it. It’s fun, funny and full of action. If you are going to go in expecting for your world to be changed, then skip it. Otherwise, I say see it.
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