Power Rangers Review
Written by Terry McCoy
Growing up, I saw a huge divide among my friends. You were either crazy about Power Rangers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was team Power Rangers. You better believe that I was the red ranger for Halloween for two years in a row. That being said, Power Rangers has always been special for me. Going back and watching it now, though, you will definitely see that it didn’t age well and you may even think, “So this is what my parents had to put up with.” This is one franchise that I believe needed a reboot. How is it though? I think that Power Rangers is exactly what the fans deserve.
Like the trailer shows, Power Rangers centers around five teenagers (Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini, Kimberly) who find mysterious coins that give them super powers. If you think about it, this entire movie AND the future of this franchise is resting on the shoulders of these unknown actors.. and they pulled it off. The cast is awesome. The Rangers themselves, are actually really good actors, surprisingly. I definitely didn’t see that coming. Without a doubt, Billy played by RJ Cyler steals the show. That dude has a bright future. Another surprising element is the diversity and I don’t just mean the gender/race differences. I’m talking the complexity of these characters. Power Rangers could have made these guys hollow, but they didn’t and I’m very grateful for it.
Eventually, they make their way to Zordon and Alpha 5. I know a lot of people were scared from the start, so I’m going to say this now: Alpha 5 was great. Bill Hader brought his brand of wit to the cheesy character. You already knew that Bryan Cranston was a perfect pick for Zordon, but sure, I’ll say it as well. Bryan Cranston was a perfect pick for Zordon. When the rangers are here, the movie slows down a little bit. But, unlike other reviewers, I do not believe this was a bad thing. It slowed down for character development. If the actors or characters would have been bad, the movie would have been awful, but again, they were awesome. I had a few gripes with some of the training elements, but talking about them here would bring us into spoiler territory, so I’m going to skip them. Maybe we will talk about them on a future podcast..
Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa was actually pretty good. A lot of people have been crapping all over her performance. You can tell that everyone in this movie was having a blast during filming, especially Banks. Rita Repulsa was a super cheesy villain from the original source material. She was the cheesiest part of this movie, but I expected her to be. The only thing that I felt was a misfire for her character, was her motivation and reasoning to “be a bad guy.” The movie never really explores or answers this. Which is the weakest point of the movie, sadly.
The final act was balls to the wall, IT’S MORPHING TIME, action. I had a raging nerd boner the entire time. I’m talking Zord action, baby. Also, they are FINALLY in their Ranger Armor and it is sweet. A lot of people were worried about the suits. Put that to rest, because they are great and actually fit the overall tone of the movie perfectly. Everything about the action was awesome, expect for the formation of the mega zord. You see it in the trailer, but you don’t see how they do it. You really don’t get to in the movie either. It was weird and I have SEVERAL questions, but again, that would take us to spoilerville.
Guys, in the end, Power Rangers was a fun time at the movies. Fans will love the nostalgic moments and the revamp of the series. It was far from perfect, but it knows exactly what it is, which goes a long way. The characters were great, the score channeled what I felt was Tron meets Pacific Rim (Job Never Too Big), and the action was top notch. I do have several questions, but this film is a great start to a franchise that I hope does bot become anything like Transformers. I’m going to give Power Rangers 7, Krispy Kreme Product Placements, out of 10. Also, there is an awesome mid credits scene, so stay for that. Don’t worry about staying for the after credits. There is not after credits scene.
(Seriously, Krispy Kreme Donuts played the most important role in the entire movie)