Go Go Power Rangers

Power Rangers (2017) is what happens when the colorful & campy team gets dark & gritty. Which sounds like the most incompatible thing imaginable. Yet they somehow managed to make it watchable, but far from perfect. The Power Rangers franchise had been going strong for nearly 3 decades with over 20 different TV iterations. I can’t say that a movie reboot ever crossed my mind. Despite every superhero property getting that treatment in the 2010’s. I was skeptical, but I can’t deny my inner Power Rangers fan came out when the trailer did. Power Rangers (2017) is a cross between Chronicle and The Breakfast Club. Since the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers now meet in detention and bond over their individual teen problems. The team does consist of Jason Scott, Kimberly Hart, Billy Cranston, Zack Taylor, and Trini Kwan, but all the races are mixed up. To avoid certain races ending up with certain colors.

So now Red is white, Pink is Middle Eastern, Blue is black, Black is Asian, and Yellow is hispanic. Although it looks dark on the surface, the characters do retain their obvious color coded clothing. They just throw edgy stuff in that feels like it goes too far, but occasionally cringy jokes balance things out. Jason is a jock who acts out, Kimberly is a cheerleader who cyber bullied, Billy is an autistic nerd, Zack is a rebel with a sick mom, and Trini is a possibly lesbian outcast. Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, and Becky G have good chemistry, but man does it go on forever. They discover the Power Coins à la Chronicle and wake up with superpowers. In a more complicated way than the show, everyone dives into a chasm which hides Zordon’s secret base. Bryan Cranston is Zordon in a clever nod to his past with the show. Only now he’s a more hard headed digital face on a wall. Bill Hader is decently comedic as Alpha 5. Who’s now short, active, and done with CGI.

Among other changes, Rita Repulsa is a former Green Ranger. Now a villainess who looks nothing like the show and needs gold to build a lumpy version of Goldar. Elizabeth Banks is over-the-top, but I’m not sure if that works for this interpretation. Especially when she’s after the Zeo crystal hidden under a Krispy Kreme (the most blatant product placement ever). Power Rangers (2017) puts way more effort into its teen characters bonding and training that a full 1 hour & 30 minutes go by in this 2 hour movie before they finally morph. The last 30 minutes are basically a so-so version of “Day of the Dumpster.” Although it is awesome to see the updated Rangers fight golem-like Putties, man their Zords, and form the Megazord in a totally destroyed Angel Grove. The original Kimberly and Tommy even make cameos, while the real Tommy Oliver teases a sequel that will never happen. Power Rangers (2017) can stay or go go depending on who you ask.

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The Power Rangers prepare for action

4 thoughts on “Go Go Power Rangers

  1. Most Blatant Product placement untill the Sonic Movie!
    Where they get a coupon for Olive Garden for saving the world.. to try their endless pasta Bowl!
    (It gets mentioned a lot as well)

    I saw this in the cinema and when the super old chinese lady told her son Zacku Tayloru in heavy Kantonese accent I just laughed soooo hard. No way a traditional chinese family would name their child Zack..

    Fun fact! Jason David Frank who has that cameo in this movie was not recognised at the premierre and could not get in for free xD. Man just thinking in about this movie makes me feel like going to Krispy Kreme and we don’t even have that here!

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    1. Which made no sense considering Sonic should’ve been a more obvious product placement for Sonic. That is a fun fact. I do have a Krispy Kreme within driving distance, but I’ve never tried it.

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  2. I have not been a fan of any of the Power Rangers shows but I DID like this movie. My gripes were as you mentioned lumpy Goldar and I thought Elizabeth Banks needed a costume closer to Rita Repulsa’s from the series. Other than that it was great.

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