“This film will appeal to the minors aged 12 and below. However, to the more mature audiences who hope to feel the nostalgic vibes of watching the Power Rangers, the film will fall short in key areas.”
Ah memories… Remember when you were a teenager and would fight with your mates on who would be the lead Ranger? After all, everybody wants to lead when going on a fictional adventure around the neighbourhood.
This year, Power Rangers return to theatres, making it the third film in the franchise and a reboot of the original television series (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). Directed by Dean Israelite, the film stars a diverse cast that includes Dacre Montgomery (soon to star in the second season of Stranger Things), Naomi Scott (The Martian), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), and Bryan Cranston as Zordon, mentor of the Power Rangers.
Decades after Zordon manages to temporarily stop an evil invader from destroying earth, he draws together a group of five “teenagers with attitude” to help save the planet again from the intruder after she awakens from her deep sleep.
Going in to this film, I was not expecting a blockbuster extravaganza, nor a complicated plot. I was expecting a good story and genuine Power Rangers entertainment as I enjoyed it when I was younger. As far as entertainment goes, it holds up. There were a few nostalgic moments that shot me back in time; for example, when the original Power Rangers theme song came on, as well as the witty dialogue throughout the film.
With regards to telling a good story, there are a couple of areas where the film falls short. The film for the most part feels rushed. In The opening 30-45 minutes, some characters introduced to us in a haphazard manner. The character Zack (Ludi Lin) is a good example. The scenes breeze through, and not in a good way. Each character finds themself at the gold mine in a “Huh? What a coincidence” manner.
Moving on to the main villain, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks), she only appeared when the plot needed to advance. I liked an element of her character that I thought should have been expounded upon more. Before she became a witch, she was a Power Ranger. Understanding why and how she betrayed the Rangers would have added depth to her character. This could have been done by replacing the training montages with key details that would improve the story and save us from another hollow villain, with paper thin intentions.
The action is subpar at best. When the Rangers finally get into a real bout against the main villain, the fight lasts about 30 seconds, in SLOW MOTION. And the final battle in a nutshell, is anti-climactic.
This film will appeal to the minors aged 12 and below. However, to the more mature audiences who hope to feel the nostalgic vibes of watching the Power Rangers while still remaining balanced with regards to the story, the film will fall short in key areas.
| For Parents taking kids to see Power Rangers:
• Crude humour features prominently throughout the film, although not profane.
• Training montages as the Power Rangers fight against simulated creatures.
• Two characters get into a fight and exchange a couple of blows, no blood is drawn.
• The final battle is action heavy, with sequences of sci-fi violence and destruction.
• Dream sequences that children may find frightening.
• The villain’s make-up and costume during the first hour is scary.