7.2

Power Rangers

Director

Dean Israelite

Stars

Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, Becky G, RJ Cyler, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader

Writer

John Gatins, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney

Producer

Haim Saban

Runtime

2 hrs 6 min

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Release Date

March 24, 2017

A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Power Rangers sure has been a round for a long, long time with 23 seasons and counting they must have the recipe to keep bringing in new ideas as well as new fans. The question would be is it even possible to cater to both new comers to the long running franchise and those who first started watching it back in the nineties?

It’s morphin’ time to the year 2017 and it is still very possible! Through diverse mix up of teens with interesting character backgrounds, the Power Rangers without being Power Rangers were good! It was kind of a risk being that they are not well known but credit to the writing and the main 5 being able to hold down their parts and make every scene so heartfelt, exciting and believable. I was actually expecting a lot more Power Rangers with loads of fun action scenes but we didn’t get this and I am totally fine with this. Being able to flesh out each character and be something completely new from what to expect from the original Power Rangers show is much welcome.

I wasn’t looking to Alpha 5 as he would be the type to give anyone loopy, I am surprised Zordon didn’t reprogram him so he wouldn’t utter a word but Alpha 5 voiced by Bill Hader was a pleasant surprise with his witty timing and not to be a whining machine. Bryan Cranston as Zordon was always a good pick and didn’t falter as well as Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa being menacing, she is sure to give some kids nightmares with her scary look instead of the pantomime doll I am used to.

 

 

From the get go there was great cinematography that kept things exciting with every scene, this just added to depth to the movie that it’s not some teen flick or teen drama. Action scenes are good too, fighting choreography could be way better but this comes with the fact that they only learned so much in 11 days so I can forgive this slightly. Nevertheless there were still some great throw downs and they would be crazy to skimp on any of this. To add some extra flair, they over used slow-mo for no reason, sure if you use it here or there, but to use it on every blow in one scene got tedious, either to use up run time or they couldn’t think of anything else looking good on screen.

 

With the fleshing out with the Power Rangers individuals the last 30 mins was good but somewhat choppy. Goldar has little life of his own and was simply a puppet made of…gold. What would have been cool if he grew over time as they found more gold but it just happened and apart from the smelting look of metal, it was bland in comparison to the Power Ranger’s Zords.

The way the Mega Zord appeared what so baffling I cannot put it in words. I was wondering for the whole time, are they going to just press any button in their cockpit or would the suits kind of guide them to the team work of joining together but nope none of this happens. It also would have been a nice touch to see how they join while in a fight but along with some of the effects I don’t think they had the genius to do so. They might want to take some cues from Transformers (the bots only) and see how machines should really assemble because its not going to cut it unless the Mega Zord is stuck like this for the rest of time.

To buy or Not to buy?

It is a decent action sci-fi but you would have to be more of a Power Rangers to recommend this or to get a young one somewhere to start.

 

Reviewed by Sam

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3.5

Almost Lit

Pros

  • Maintains the origins for new and old comers
  • Excitng action scenesi
  • Good story for a bunch of misfits
  • Little easter eggs from the Power Rangers series

Cons

  • A shameful Krispy Kreme advert
  • Special effects seemed rush
  • Fighting choreography could have been better