Saban’s Power Rangers
Zordon ACTUALLY found teenagers with attitude!
Whether you hate it, love it or are just curious for our take, the new addition to this legendary franchise hit the big screen this month. What I’ve seen on reviews and conversations I’ve had with my fellow fans is a lot of noise regarding their departure from the use of Power coins, the lack of morphers and the lack of Bulk and Skull, well my friends I’m asking you keep an open mind, realize it’s a new take and enjoy it for what it is: a great retake that will have you walking down memory lane more that you thought and with that being said here’s our review on Mighty Morpin Power Rangers (No spoilers) !
Our story opens with the origin story of five teenagers with actual attitude, struggles and issues who now find themselves through a chance meeting and a little exploration to an old crash site where they fulfil a quest previously initiated by Zordon in his failure to end the evil Rita Repulsa from harnessing the Zeo Crystals of this world and later we find several others. With this new team in place the Earth will now have a chance against Rita’s attack which is revealed to take place in 11 days, convenient.
Through training overseen by Alpha 5, the Ranger receive combat training before they take their place in their suits and zords but it won’t come easy as these five strangers must find common ground and bond as a team before they can utilize the power. After some personal growth, a few threats by Rita and of course attacks on Earth, they come together to find they have more in common than they thought and come together in the nick of time to ensure the planet’s survival.
I originally had reservations of the cast, five people I’d never heard of portraying icons on the big screen in perhaps a movie no one needed but boy was I wrong on all counts. As stated previously these were teenagers with attitude as Jason, our all American, wasn’t the squeaky-clean individual he was always looked up to be.
Billy, now complete with a race change which the internet is still in an uproar about, was now autistic which had just the right amount of character quirk to make it believable and was a nice call out to those with that disability making him in my opinion the MVP of the movie with more to overcome to become a hero than the other rangers.
Zack was an interesting take and held a good attitude and served the part of the Black ranger well.
Trini, now modernized as an actual teenager, just trying to find her place in her family, growing up attempting to figure out her own sexually which again, more internet uproar was great to me addressing an issue that plagues teens today.
Kimberly, not the one we grew up with but the “mean girl” we needed today, excellent portrayal on social pressures and other challenges teens face today.
From the combat scenes to visuals, CGI for the suits and the zords I was very pleased with presentation which can only get better as we go along as rumor has it the studio is looking at hefty amount of sequels.
Saban’s Power Rangers sits exactly where it needs to at PG-13 for an interesting introduction to Jason within the first 10 minutes of the film as well as the teenage struggles listed previously which grants this movie overall 4/5 from this Wiseman