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Review: Power Rangers

Power Rangers
03.20.2017
6 10

PLOT: Five teens unwittingly find themselves tasked with defending the universe when they inadvertently unlock the powers of a spaceship buried for thirty five million years.

REVIEW: As I walked into the POWER RANGERS press screening, tagging on Facebook what I was doing, I was surprised at how many friends immediately contacted me asking “how was it?”, claiming to be super-excited to watch it. These are mostly people in their late-twenties, early thirties, so I guess they grew-up watching the old after-school TV show, which was an Americanized version of a Japanese kids program, with the action intact but everything else re-shot with American actors. It was horrible, but it was a phenomenon, even spinning-off into two major studio-funded films, 1995’s MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, and the 1997 sequel, TURBO.

All that said, I assumed that by now people would have owned up to how bad the original show was. I dare anyone reading this to watch one episode of the old show and honestly defend it as being good in a way that’s not camp. Never underestimate nostalgia though, so I guess there is an audience out there for Lionsgate’s big-budget reboot, POWER RANGERS.

Occupying a kind of middle-ground between the old show and the well-received, gritty Joseph Khan-directed short film, POWER/RANGERS, this is pretty familiar stuff. It’s a superhero movie, but instead of having the mythology of a long-running comic book series to call back on, this one has to pay tribute to a half-assed TV show. One wonders why they didn’t just keep the conceit of the five teens fighting aliens and drop everything else.

Instead, they pay homage to a ridiculous mythology that starts with a lizard-like Bryan Cranston (who actually did voice work on the original TV show) crawling out of a crashed spaceship and doing battle with Elizabeth Banks’s silly Rita Repulsa (he gets the alien-sounding name Zordon, but she’s still “Rita?”). The movie actually isn’t half bad once it picks up with our teen heroes, with Dacre Montgomery as an injured jock landing himself in a year’s worth of detention for having caused a massive car wreck (filmed in a psuedo Lubezki-way) that ruined his knee. There, he meets R.J Cyler’s Billy Cranston (named as a tribute to his co-star?), who immediately admits he’s on the autistic spectrum, but only in a Hollywood way where it means he’s funny and brilliant. The other soon-to-be rangers include Naomi Scott’s mean girl, Becky G as the LGTB new girl, and Ludi Lin, all making for a nicely diverse unit, although only Cyler gives a truly good performance, with the rest seeming like they’ve been cast more of a looks basis.

Soon, they unearth Zordon (a now holographic Cranston) and his robot sidekick, Bill Hader’s mouthy Alpha 5, and have to do battle with Banks’s scenery chewing Rita, who wants to rebuild a giant robot that can apparently end all life on earth on a whim. What’s surprising is how damn long it takes for the gang to finally morph into rangers, with them only transforming at the ninety minute mark of this two hour film, only leaving the final battle for them to do their stuff in. The outfits look cool (but I hate the mouthpieces left-over from the show), although using the “it’s morphin time” catchphrase and even a cover of the old theme (which soon gives way to a Kanye West track for the big action scene) feels like fan service for nostalgia’s sake alone.

For what it is, POWER RANGERS is fine, with PROJECT ALMANAC’s Dean Israelite having made a good-looking film, although it’s clear the budget was saved for the big-finale, with much of the film being devoted to endless training montages. A friend described it best when he said it felt like a $100 million CW pilot, but kids and young teens will likely get a kick out of it. It’s not especially mind-numbing, although it doesn’t really have enough substance to sustain a major franchise, unless they really scrap the old TV show mythology and tell their own story.

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12:48AM on 03/25/2017
He was named Billy Cranston in the show too. Not a tribute to Bryan.

It was silly fun. I giggled when the "go go power rangers" theme played.
He was named Billy Cranston in the show too. Not a tribute to Bryan.

It was silly fun. I giggled when the "go go power rangers" theme played.
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8:25PM on 03/21/2017
Damn Chris, I'm sorry they made you review this movie. But anyways, Go Go Power Rangers.
Damn Chris, I'm sorry they made you review this movie. But anyways, Go Go Power Rangers.
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5:50PM on 03/21/2017
I get that there's a nostalgia factor, but: " I dare anyone reading this to watch one episode of the old show and honestly defend it as being good in a way thatís not camp."
I can prove that wrong and then some - just go watch the Angry Video Game Nerd's video on Power Rangers. He grew up having never watched the show, being just a little too old for it. Well, he decided to watch the entire first season, and his opinion was that it was the most amazing ridiculous thing he's ever seen. So,
I get that there's a nostalgia factor, but: " I dare anyone reading this to watch one episode of the old show and honestly defend it as being good in a way thatís not camp."
I can prove that wrong and then some - just go watch the Angry Video Game Nerd's video on Power Rangers. He grew up having never watched the show, being just a little too old for it. Well, he decided to watch the entire first season, and his opinion was that it was the most amazing ridiculous thing he's ever seen. So, there you go. If you're a fan of Godzilla and kung fu movies, you'll enjoy the Power Rangers series no matter how old you are, nostalgia or not. So NYAH
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1:40PM on 03/21/2017

Movie looked generic and boring, 6/10 is the best it should get

It does look like a shitty CW pilot with the horrible script and "angsty" teens. Its just boring and isn't power rangers. It should be FUN, Rita should be PURPLE, not Green. Goldar shouldn't be just a golden blob. Its just stupid how they cant do anything right.
It does look like a shitty CW pilot with the horrible script and "angsty" teens. Its just boring and isn't power rangers. It should be FUN, Rita should be PURPLE, not Green. Goldar shouldn't be just a golden blob. Its just stupid how they cant do anything right.
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10:28AM on 03/21/2017
For a Power Rangers movie, 6/10 isn't that bad.
For a Power Rangers movie, 6/10 isn't that bad.
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1:39AM on 03/21/2017
Was it even possible for this to be good? Everything about Power Rangers was always ridiculous, but at least the original series had the same kind of charm that it's Sentai likeness had in Japan, but in an American way. This is just taking the charm out of it with a semi-serious attempt to do something legit. But the Power Rangers will never be legit, unless you decide to go with the Khan version of things, which was arguably a pretty cool take on the franchise. Also, why the hell would you
Was it even possible for this to be good? Everything about Power Rangers was always ridiculous, but at least the original series had the same kind of charm that it's Sentai likeness had in Japan, but in an American way. This is just taking the charm out of it with a semi-serious attempt to do something legit. But the Power Rangers will never be legit, unless you decide to go with the Khan version of things, which was arguably a pretty cool take on the franchise. Also, why the hell would you make a Power Rangers movie, and then only have 30 minutes of power rangers? That makes no damn sense.
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1:45PM on 03/21/2017
Because they decided to fuck things up and give the kids powers outside of the suits. Its really stupid and the movie had no chance of being good because it tried to angst shit up and that always ruins fun properties.
Because they decided to fuck things up and give the kids powers outside of the suits. Its really stupid and the movie had no chance of being good because it tried to angst shit up and that always ruins fun properties.
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1:07AM on 03/21/2017
Once again people need to remember...this is a movie meant for KIDS, with the added bonus that parents or older people who liked the old show may want to see it. The same goes for the new Ninja Turtles movies and the Transformer movies...they weren't made for an adult audience, they weren't meant to "ruin your childhood", these are meant for today's kids.
Once again people need to remember...this is a movie meant for KIDS, with the added bonus that parents or older people who liked the old show may want to see it. The same goes for the new Ninja Turtles movies and the Transformer movies...they weren't made for an adult audience, they weren't meant to "ruin your childhood", these are meant for today's kids.
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1:43PM on 03/21/2017
Once again the Transformer movies were, and still are, really terrible. And while probably not meant to ruin my childhood....they certainly wasted some of my adulthood. I guess at least with Power Rangers they are rebooting something that was a super cheesy tv show, cool toys, god awful show. So maybe this will be an improvement worth checking out.
Once again the Transformer movies were, and still are, really terrible. And while probably not meant to ruin my childhood....they certainly wasted some of my adulthood. I guess at least with Power Rangers they are rebooting something that was a super cheesy tv show, cool toys, god awful show. So maybe this will be an improvement worth checking out.
8:34AM on 03/25/2017
Do kids want to wait 90 minutes for the Power Rangers to finally show up and start fighting, though? Sounds more like this movie doesn't know who to cater to.
Do kids want to wait 90 minutes for the Power Rangers to finally show up and start fighting, though? Sounds more like this movie doesn't know who to cater to.
11:10PM on 03/20/2017

Ill watch 4 free

NOPE.This crap wont get a cent from me. Looks like shit with a weak cast outside Bryan Cranston. I didnt want a chronicle sequal with Tony Stark suits
NOPE.This crap wont get a cent from me. Looks like shit with a weak cast outside Bryan Cranston. I didnt want a chronicle sequal with Tony Stark suits
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9:14PM on 03/20/2017
The Power Rangers remake is an oddity for many in my generation because even if it's bad, it's still going to be better than the TV show, minus that nostalgia camp. I was the only person my age I knew who watched the show, and even I did it mostly to laugh and make fun of it. If I find more reviews willing to give it a mid-range rating, I might even check it out, but the CGI looks on a par with what a modern Power Rangers TV show could pull off.
The Power Rangers remake is an oddity for many in my generation because even if it's bad, it's still going to be better than the TV show, minus that nostalgia camp. I was the only person my age I knew who watched the show, and even I did it mostly to laugh and make fun of it. If I find more reviews willing to give it a mid-range rating, I might even check it out, but the CGI looks on a par with what a modern Power Rangers TV show could pull off.
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9:11PM on 03/20/2017

Pass.....

A lousy premise with a mediocre cast with a long buildup added to an average directorial effort (plus Hollywood making sure all the PC boxes are checked) = a very easy saving of my money. I'll check it out on Redbox or Netflix. Not a tough decision at all.
A lousy premise with a mediocre cast with a long buildup added to an average directorial effort (plus Hollywood making sure all the PC boxes are checked) = a very easy saving of my money. I'll check it out on Redbox or Netflix. Not a tough decision at all.
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7:56PM on 03/20/2017

Garbage

I agree it looks horrible liittle kids will love it.
I agree it looks horrible liittle kids will love it.
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6:55PM on 03/20/2017
It looked terrible from the start. They should have gone with the Rated R short that was released in 2015. Plus it doesn't help they cast a discount Zac Efron as the lead ranger.
It looked terrible from the start. They should have gone with the Rated R short that was released in 2015. Plus it doesn't help they cast a discount Zac Efron as the lead ranger.
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6:12PM on 03/20/2017
I'll take a six for this.
I'll take a six for this.
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5:26PM on 03/20/2017
Ya this movie looks exactly like the new tmnt remake, its exactly what you think its gonna be, fast paced, somewhat cool, dragged down by teen problems, followed by an unspectacular final boss fight, followed by who gives a fuk.
Ya this movie looks exactly like the new tmnt remake, its exactly what you think its gonna be, fast paced, somewhat cool, dragged down by teen problems, followed by an unspectacular final boss fight, followed by who gives a fuk.
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4:57PM on 03/20/2017
About what I expected. Much like the recent TMNT movies. Do kids these days even like Power Rangers? I know there were several versions, but it seems like only the first couple seasons were the only relevant part of the Power Rangers in terms of having any pop culture recognition. Maybe b/c I was just part of that age group, but I never got the impression that power rangers had the same lasting connection with today's youth compared to something like TMNT.
About what I expected. Much like the recent TMNT movies. Do kids these days even like Power Rangers? I know there were several versions, but it seems like only the first couple seasons were the only relevant part of the Power Rangers in terms of having any pop culture recognition. Maybe b/c I was just part of that age group, but I never got the impression that power rangers had the same lasting connection with today's youth compared to something like TMNT.
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5:28PM on 03/20/2017
Power Rangers is still huge with kids, these days kids have every version up to and including the very first orginal rangers to scroll through on Netflix, I expect this movie to make in the 55-65 mill range for the weekend.
Power Rangers is still huge with kids, these days kids have every version up to and including the very first orginal rangers to scroll through on Netflix, I expect this movie to make in the 55-65 mill range for the weekend.
5:53PM on 03/21/2017
They *still* re-edit Super Sentai seasons into new Power Rangers shows every single year. I think they only missed one single year since the very first season, and it was because Disney sold it back to Saban.
They *still* re-edit Super Sentai seasons into new Power Rangers shows every single year. I think they only missed one single year since the very first season, and it was because Disney sold it back to Saban.
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