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Review: ‘Power Rangers’ (2017)


It’s morphin’ time as the nostalgic rangers return to the big screen with a more realistic and fun time supported by a surprisingly relatable cast of characters.

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When you think back about the original Power Rangers series and film you get that sense of extreme goofy moments and memorable cheesy lines. Many fans of the series were worried that this film was going to end up exactly. However, despite some goofy moments and flaws, Power Rangers was definitely a great movie that breath new life into the franchise. The film takes its 90’s predecessor and brings the series itself into an edgier realm where not only does it make sense but does a far better job of representing everybody in and out of the story.

The story 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. It’s only after fighting with various real-life struggles that they are the only ones who can save the planet by banding together as the Power Rangers. Surprisingly — unlike most films that focus on teenagers — the character development was truly on point from start to finish. Most films like this don’t rely on developing characters to serve any purpose to the story. The five rangers (Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Zack, and Trini) themselves all had a moment to shine for their trials of life and heroic efforts to save the world. RJ Cyler played the Billy the Blue Ranger and he truly became the voice of reason for the entire group although Jason (Dacre Montgomery) is the leader. He adds the comedic relief that adds balance to the serious nature of the film. Cyler deserves credit for such an inspiring performance subtly making him the one to bring everyone together due to his dedication. Although Cyler shined all the others had their moments where they solidified their roles. The scene where they opened up about their lives around the campfire truly was a moment that captivated these characters. Overall, the well-rounded cast of Cyler, Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Ludi Linn, and Becky G elevated the film to be great and lived up to the direction of the director.

Most films like this don’t rely on developing characters to serve any purpose to the story. The five rangers (Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Zack, and Trini) themselves all had a moment to shine for their trials of life and heroic efforts to save the world. RJ Cyler played the Billy the Blue Ranger and he truly became the voice of reason for the entire group although Jason (Dacre Montgomery) is the leader. He adds the comedic relief that adds balance to the serious nature of the film. Cyler deserves credit for such an inspiring performance subtly making him the one to bring everyone together due to his dedication. Although Cyler shined all the others had their moments where they solidified their roles. The scene where they opened up about their lives around the campfire truly was a moment that captivated these characters. Overall, the well-rounded cast of Cyler, Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Ludi Linn, and Becky G elevated the film to be great and lived up to the direction of the director. The rest of the cast was also great with Bryan Cranston playing Zordon, which Cranston provided that leadership role and Bill Hader brought some very goofy and funny moments in the pretty cool Alpha 5. Rita Repulsa played by Elizabeth Banks had her cheesy and goofy moments like the original but it seemed to be a little over the top which doesn’t take away from Banks’ as an actress herself as it looks like she had a lot of fun playing Rita, it just didn’t work for us.

The film doesn’t get going until about 20-30 minutes into it but all for good reason as it builds on the story and characters that move it along. Many feel like the Power Rangers film expects it to have more action but most of the action is spent on the rangers training to stop the evil Rita. They don’t truly embrace the morphing powers until the 35-minute mark which again is completely understandable considering the story being told.

Power Rangers was truly a fun film from start to end. There’s always run for improvement as they could’ve added special effects, a little more action, and a side villain that added a rounded dynamic to Rita. For the first time, a film that deals with the teenage attitude is the highlight of this film keeping you attached. Each scene will leave you wondering what’s next as it covers cyber-bullying to autism which is far more realistic than the previous film keeping the franchise alive.

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