When I was younger, waking up and getting ready for school consisted of a bowl of cereal, getting dressed, and watching an episode of Power Rangers. Power Rangers was a show that my generation defines as one of the most spectacular shows of our youth. So, needless to say, I was over the moon when the announcement of Saban’s Power Rangers was hitting the big screen. This past Friday, I had the opportunity to sit in the wonderful Gem Theater and watch the film.
Power Rangers is a movie about a group of misfit high-school students, who discover alien coins that infuse them unique superpowers. With their newfound powers, they learn they were destined to save the world from an ancient alien named Rita Repulsa.
The film’s plot was generic but unique at the same time. The movie felt like a modern day The Breakfast Club collided with Marvel’s Avengers and Transformers. Meaning the film dealt with issues teens struggle with in today’s society such as bullying, social media, amongst others on top of having a superhero team up and over the top explosions with giant robots.
One of the great things about the story was the new approach the storytellers took on the origins of the characters. In the original television series, there weren’t too many origins to the teenager heroes or the villains involved. It was mainly just the kids get the powers and fight monsters, but in this new incarnation, they tackle some major back-story and why they were picked to defend the earth. The only problem with the film’s story was it’s pacing. The film started off very strong, but as it progressed, it began to rush key elements of the story making the character development cheesy and leaving minor plot holes.
The performances were strong, but some parts were rushed making the dialogue corny and not genuine.
I had read previously that Elizabeth Bank’s take on Rita Repulsa was too extreme, but I disagree. I felt like she did a fantastic job. Her take blended elements of what I would expect an alien witch would be like. Plus, she added elements of how Rita acted in the original series. It was the perfect blend.
Though, I felt the movie started off strong and with it’s serious tones, but then began to get campy and cheesy toward the end of the film, all in all it was a good movie. I do hope for more sequels. I give Saban’s Power Rangers a 3 ½ out of 5 stars.