Film Review: Power Rangers (2017)

By Jordan Samuel

Credit: Lionsgate, Saban Brands

Five teens with attitude are inexplicably brought together by coincidence or destiny to become the newest generation in a line of warriors known as the Power Rangers. The world rests in their hands as Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks), a powerful witch and former Green Power Ranger, launches an assault seeking the Zeo Crystal with an army of stone golems called Putty Patrollers and a giant golden monster called Goldar.

Credit: Lionsgate, Saban Brands

I grew up with the beloved Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) TV show, as so did millions of kids, we enjoyed the camp factor and awesome characters. The show was an adapted version of the TV show Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (1992), with Saban Brands bringing in a teenage aspect and delivering the franchise over to the Americas.

Since then, the series has transformed into a billion-dollar investment, with various projects getting their own version of the original team. These have included the likes of: Alien Rangers (1996), Zeo Rangers (1996) and the upcoming Ninja Steel (2017).

In 2017, the same thing is happening again with Lionsgate prepping a Hollywood re-imagining. Project Almanac (2015) head man Dean Israelite got the keys to the kingdom, but does he succeed in rebooting the iconic series?

I’m happy to confirm Power Rangers (2017) is a great tribute to the original. The film just lacks any serious attempts in welcoming newcomers into the series, in the end becoming a bit too faithful to the source material.

Power Rangers

Credit: Lionsgate, Saban Brands

Dean Israelite’s task to re-brand a massive franchise is a quite daunting. The result is a flawed but enjoyable early summer experience. Power Rangers (2017) is enjoyable, blending everything we love about the classic show with some twists thrown into keep the tale fresh. Israelite does a well-ordered job in presenting the Power Rangers, with a bigger an emphasis on their different personalities. Giving these superficially generic teenagers a different role and tone: elevating them over the straight 90’s characterization in the show (gone are those overly colourful outfits).

Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Billy (RJ Cyler), Zack (Ludi Lin) and Trini (Becky G) all have an on-screen connection. Banters comes across varied and less cringe-worthy than expected: as certain jokes sometimes make your belly roll. Dean directs these younger actors with so much pride, like what he did in his previous works (Project Almanac). It makes us care and root for these characters: with some sequences filled with very useful comedy.

It doesn’t come without issues, as the reliance on prior knowledge bogs down the film with some unnecessary baggage. The script is cluttered with call-backs to original Red Ranger Zordon (Bryan Cranston), alienating people not used Go to the full article.

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