Monday, March 27, 2017

Movie Review: Power Rangers

Seeing the Power Rangers franchise taken seriously is kind of a cool and interesting experience. That being said, this is not the same Power Rangers you grew up watching in grade school. It's dark, crude at times, and definitely geared for an older teen audience. These are troublemaking high schoolers with high school problems and the vocabulary to boot.

In Power Rangers, five ordinary teens 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. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it's too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

The special effects and digital effects in Power Rangers looked way more realistic than they ever have on the television show. The suits appeared to me to be real costumes enhanced with CGI, which gave them an authethentic feel. My only complaint is that a lot of the fight scenes between the Zords and Rita Repulsa's henchmen were a bit hard to focus on and too in-your-face.

All of the actors who portrayed the Power Rangers took each of their diverse roles to heart and gave us characters we came to care about. Elizabeth Banks added just enough campiness to the role of Rita Repulsa while still keeping her believably evil. Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader delivered fine performances as Zordon and Alpha Five as well.

There were some points where Power Rangers got a bit heavy in the center and a little long-winded for some younger fans of the franchise. However, I give the writers and directors props for taking the time to try and give us something besides fight scenes and battles between titanic monsters and robots. Some of the more dialogue-heavy scenes could've been trimmed down a slight bit here and there to keep the film's momentum moving forward.

Power Rangers is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor. There are two examples I can think of right off the top of my head of inappropriate sexual humor for children. Images of a decomposed body are also probably too intense and frightening for younger viewers.

Power Rangers was released on March 24th, 2017. It was directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac). The cast includes Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, and Bill Hader. The running time is 124 minutes.

Rating: 🌟🌟 and a half.

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