Power Ranger - 2017
Saban’s Power Ranger is the latest reboot of the 1993’s TV series of the same name. A group of teenagers find a mysterious spaceship that grants them superpowers (Chronicle?). They become the rangers under the guidance of Zordon and they are the only ones that can stop the evil Rita Repulsa from destroying Angel Grove… it’s an episode from the series.
I’ll get this out of the way first, this movie was fine or serviceable. I enjoyed most of the movie and I wasn’t bored or insulted by the material put up on screen. Where they failed in my eyes, among other things was in setting and keeping its tone. You had the main cast or Power Rangers taking this source material extremely seriously, trying to convey each emotion to their fullest extend and on the other side you had Elizabeth Banks (Rita Repulsa) taking the source material for what it was… cheesy.
Elizabeth Banks was by far my favorite part of this movie, this is exactly what I wanted. I’m tired that everything now must be gritty and realistic. Power Ranger should’ve been a cheesy fun movie about teenager fighting monsters and using giant robots. Banks had over-the-top line delivery, excessive hand gestures and laughter that went toe-to-toe with the original Rita from the series.
Despite them not being what I desired from Power Rangers, the main cast had great personalities. The standouts for me where Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott and the Pink Ranger and RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger. Cyler showed his great acting ability in 2015’s “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and stole this movie from the rest of the rangers in my eyes. The weak-links where Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger and Becky G. as the Yellow Ranger, they weren’t horrible but their acting ability wasn’t on the same level as the others.
Having Bryan Cranston as Zordon was a great touch. For does who don’t know, Cranston used to work as a voice-over actor for the original series back in the 90s. He famously voice both Snizzard and Twin Man monsters (why did they take this and made it gritty….). He played it down the middle, falling in tone right between Rita and the Power Rangers.
Before I move on to the things I truly didn’t like, let me quickly touch on a couple of things. I liked the background they gave on the history of the Power Rangers, specifically Zordon and Rita. Honestly enjoyed the extra bit of information and it gave more weight to the relationship between them and the new Rangers. I liked the character development of the new Rangers, specially the added diversity with one being autistic another and being part of the LGBTQ community.
Ok with that out of the way, let’s talk about the CGI. I have heard people complain about not having enough Power Rangers/Zords fighting monsters, but I couldn’t imagine the quality of the CGI if it had more sequences of them. The monster that Rita created, Goldar, was supposed to be made of gold, but due to the crappy CGI, it looked like someone took a bath in Cheese Whiz (not a sponsor). Some of the Zords looked better than others, for the life of me I couldn’t make-out what the Black Zord was supposed to be.
One more thing before I move on to Krispy Kreme… yeah KRISPY KREME. Can we stop filming the following scene? Please Hollywood! Set-Up: Girl decided she needs a change in her life by taking control of it. How does she do it? She stares at a mirror (preferably a bathroom mirror) and perfectly cuts her hair, drastically changing her look. I was doing some research on how many times this has been done and found this article that talks about it far better than I could ever do. http://www.glamour.com/story/women-who-cut-their-hair-in-movies
Spoiler I guess, if you consider the over use of a product placement as “spoilers”.
I honestly want to see the script of this movie and word search/count how many time Krispy Kreme is said or seen in this movie. It’s right-out ridicules, it got to a point that I kept looking at my wife both laughing at how ludicrous the situation became. So, here comes the spoiler I guess, not only they used Krispy Kreme as the main product placement (not a single other store in Angel Grove is recognizable), they made it a mayor plot point having the Zeo Crystal (almost as important as an infinity stone) under the yeah Krispy Kreme. Forcing Rita to repeat numerous times “where is Krispy Kreme” or “Krispy Kreme”. I am all for product placement, I know it’s necessary for production cost, but this was just freaking stupid and I ate three dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme after leaving the theater.
The movie was fine if you are a fan of the original show and it may intrigue a few of the younger audience that hasn’t seen it before, but I don’t think it understood what their target audience is hint: (90’s kids). They failed to fully give their fans what they wanted and failed to fully sell it to their new potential fans. Looking at the box office returns, this movie more than likely will have a sequel and I hope they take all the good from this one and build on it with a consistent tone (hopefully cheesier). Krispy Kreme is why I love movies.
Power Rangers is currently playing in theaters, watch it for the nostalgia if you want, I would recommend renting it.
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