Power Rangers was a movie I was really looking forward to yet I wasn’t expecting it to be that great but the movie surprised me in many ways. When five teenagers – Jason, Billy, Kimberly, Zack and Trini – stumble across a collection of strange relics known as the power coins, they must become the Power Rangers and protect Earth from Rita Repulsa.
“I have to praise the film for taking a step forward in being progressive in these big superhero movies”
First and foremost, this movie is a character driven story which was surprising as I wasn’t expecting to really be invested in the characters. The acting is actually great with the standouts being Dacre Montgomery (Jason), RJ Cyler (Billy) and Naomi Scott (Kimberly). Becky G (Trini) and Ludi Lin (Zack) are by no means bad – they’re just average. Jason, Billy and Kimberly are focused on more than the other two but they’re just more interesting to be fair. RJ Cyler is the heart of the movie. Billy is so excited to be a part of a team and have these powers. He really is a joy to watch and has some funny scenes too. I also have to praise the film for taking a step forward in being progressive in these big superhero movies. Not only does Billy have a small case of autism but Trini is actually gay which wasn’t just there for the sake of it. These traits are part of their characters and that’s what makes it so admirable.
They all had their problems and there was depth to them that kept me interested. I really enjoyed watching these characters interact. These make for both the film’s strength and weakness as around four fifths of the movie we see them overcome their differences and learn to finally morph into Rangers. This means we don’t get to see them suit up and kick ass until towards the very end of the film. It’s weird that the one area I was expecting the movie to excel in was the action but here it took a backseat to the characters and story development.
“[The Rangers] all had their problems and there was depth to them that kept me interested”
The movie also tries to keep itself grounded and real whilst implementing the cheesy and corny elements from the original show. For the most part it works but I did find Elizabeth Banks’ portrayal of Rita Repulsa extremely overplayed. She felt disconnected from the movie. It was as if she was plucked from the 90s and put into this movie which to be fair could be a plus for some fans. Bryan Cranston is Zordon and he actually had layers to his character which I was not expecting at all. Alpha 5 is also fun to watch. From the trailers I was worried he’d be annoying but Bill Hader does a good job at bringing him to life.
The main problem I feel fans are going to have with the movie is that for a movie called Power Rangers, we hardly get to see them in action. We get to finally see them suit up in the final showdown but it is very short and I wished we could’ve seen more martial arts which is what I loved about the original show. When you get to see the Power Rangers in action displaying their fighting abilities it’s awesome but unfortunately we literally get maybe two minutes of that. However as a fan it’s hard not to get excited once the Zords show up and square up against Goldar. The final battle between the Rangers and Rita is not great but it’s not bad either. It’s just very generic and bland yet still entertaining to some degree.
It’s also worth mentioning that the movie is directed very well. Director Dean Israelite deserves credit for making a good-looking movie with some very creative shots. One thing that will annoy a ton of people is the product placement. I won’t say anything but it is a joke. Some people will find it insulting but I just laughed it off. Speaking of laughs too, the movie has some adult jokes in there that actually had me chuckling. I don’t know if it was the jokes themselves or the idea that they got away with them.
In the end the movie surprised me in that it gave me deep characters with depth and gave familiar elements from the show a modern makeover. However for a movie called Power Rangers we get so little of them which was upsetting but to be honest I was so into everything else I didn’t mind. I was expecting to enjoy the film for its awesome action but instead I enjoyed it for its characters which all had some kind of arc. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing where the franchise goes. Hopefully in the sequels we’ll get the crazy over the top action.
“…the movie surprised me in that it gave me deep characters with depth and gave familiar elements from the show a modern makeover.”