Starring: Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, Becky G. Featuring Bill Hader with Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Banks.
Directed by: Dean Israelite
Different. Is it different good or is it different bad? Let’s just say that it’s different.
The 2017 Power Rangers film gives us back the original 5 rangers but with brand new and young actors. Jason the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery), Zack the Black Ranger (Ludi Lin), Kimberly the Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott), Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G), and Billy the Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler) are the brand new teenagers with attitude chosen to fight the evil Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). The names are the only things linked to the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV Show. The rest is pretty much an all-new reboot. The movie gives us a brand new origin story of the Power Rangers and do keep in mind that it is an origin story so it takes a while before you get to see the colorful heroes on screen.
Nothing ever happens in the small town of Angel Grove. Little do the citizens know that millions of years ago, a war for the protection of life on earth has been going and it would later return to the present day. Fallen football star of the Angel Grove Tigers Jason Scott is sent to detention, given an ankle monitor by the local authorities and is out for the season for playing a nasty prank in school. In detention, he is joined by classmates Billy Cranston and Kimberly Hart. On his first day of detention, Jason saves the nerdy Billy from a bully. Billy then seeks for more assistance from Jason by offering him that he can remove the ankle monitor if he helps him do something at the gold mine where his father used to work. Jason agrees and Billy explains that before his father died, they would go to the mines and study certain geological elements in the facility. At the mines, it just so happens that Kimberly, Zack and Trini where in the area. Billy sets up explosives and discovers glowing coin-like medallions. The five teenagers find the power coins and suddenly gain superhuman abilities the next day. They go back to the mines and discover and alien spacecraft which eventually leads them to Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) and Zordon (Bryan Cranston). It is explained that the morphing grid makes no mistake in choosing the five rangers to which Alpha and Zordon doubt the five new chosen ones because of their age. All of a sudden, these teenagers need to save the world from Rita Repulsa and her army of evil “Putties”. The five new Power Rangers who barely know one another need to go through a journey of establishing camaraderie, building teamwork, and sacrifice in order to defeat Rita Repulsa.
Power Rangers may be of an acquired taste to moviegoers. It’s very different from the TV Show from the 90s but it still gives fans certain key elements of Power Rangers of teamwork, courage, and loyalty. The actors do a good job of revamping the original five and it really is seen in the film. However, a fair warning to die hard Super Sentai Series fans, there’s a good chance you will not like this film. 90s kids will also look for certain elements and will leave the cinemas longing for it. Minor spoilers, there is no brand new theme of “Go Go Power Rangers”, no one actually shouts out the type of dinosaur they are to morph, and no one actually teleports. Is it worth watching? If you grew up in the 90s loving the TV series, by all means go see it! If you are a die hard Super Sentai Series, you be the judge and go see it for yourself. If you want to watch an entertaining movie, go see Power Rangers because it still was very entertaining.