Movie Review: Power Rangers

Rita Repulsa and The Power Rangers

When I first heard Saban & Lionsgate announce plans to make Six Power Rangers Films, I damn near fell out of my chair. Ambition is one thing. Delusion is another. And a couple weeks after Power Rangers debuted in theatres, its captains retracted their dreams of a Transformers-esque franchise. The lesson here? Walk first, then run.

Yesterday afternoon I went on a delightful walk through my neighborhood. 88 degrees and sunny. I swung by a RedBox and was disheartened to find the best option available to me was Power Rangers. With a huff and a sigh, I reluctantly rented the film, almost kicking myself in the process. But I figured, "Hey, if it sucks ass, I'll turn it off after five minutes.

But there's always that small chance that it's actually not that bad." Sure enough, the latter was the case after all. The Power Rangers movie is no Rogue One, but it's certainly a better film than the press and its box office stats gave it credit for. In fact, Power Rangers exceled in a few areas where a lot of other films struggle. Since the Rangers had no choice but to open up to one another and bond in order to be able to morph, this had a positive impact on character development and the overall emotional aspect of the film.

Also, some of the cinematography was quite edgy and daring, so kudos to the director and his staff for those scenes. Gambles like these either boost a film, or drag it down. (think Batman vs. Superman's #fail.)

That said, there were a couple of scenes that I felt lingered a bit, and the forced inclusion of the, "Go Go Power Rangers" theme song was a fail, too. That song could and should have been injected far more properly, or not at all.

And since we're on the topic of the film's cons, it's worth noting that the pink zord was proper, the red one was Okay, and the other three were also #fail. Megazord, however, looked pretty legit.

So when you go into a film expecting a 2/10, a 6/10 feels like a home run. I feel bad for the scale of this film's failure, because the trailer was horrible (and trailers are typically better than movies) and the marketing/PR in general sucked pretty bad.

Had those components been on par with the film, there might have actually been a shot at turning The Power Rangers Movie into a multi-film franchise.


Image: Lionsgate

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