Go Go Power Rangers: a song byte that I recognize, but am hardly familiar with. Upon seeing the trailer for the first time, the intro got me excited. At first glance it looked like a Breakfast Club throwback, but then the hook…Power Rangers. If I were honest, it was like opening your largest Christmas gift to realize it was merely a pair of socks. Disappointing to say the least.
Why the mass dislike on director Dean Israelite’s adaptation of a tween television series? Power Rangers series is what it is, plenty of spandex with terribly detailed lacking villainous characters that follow a one dimensional story line. Introducing the 2017 Power Rangers to the big screen did the absolute best it could and thoroughly entertained. If I were honest, it exceeded my low expectations.
Uniting a band of warriors, we find the color representation of character is bestowed upon the individual chosen to become a ranger that would soon defend the world and protect it against the villainous Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Rita once betrayed the very vow she diligently fought to uphold. Serving as the green Ranger, she turned her back on Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and killed off the competition to rule the world. Zordon fought back with burying the stones that grant each Ranger super powers to protect against the mightiest of foe and to leave it to another team that would finally be able to put a stop to Rita.
Millions of years later, a new band of misfits are brought together to once again harness the power found in the mystifying stones that grant inner strength and super human ability. While exploring a gold mine, the stones are discovered and the Ranger recruits find that life has changed dramatically. Jason (Dacre Montgomery) the red ranger, Kimberly (Naomi Scott) the pink ranger, Billy (RJ Cyler) the blue ranger, Zack (Ludi Lin) the black ranger, and Trini (Becky G.) the yellow ranger must unify themselves before the biggest battle of their lives and defend the world in light of their mishaps and hidden secrets.
Character development shows the wrestling of inner turmoil and how true friendship helps reconcile the past and how it builds a positive future. Each Ranger faces their own challenges, but as a team they can overcome any obstacle. Rita will prove to be one of the most challenging as she summons Goldar from the depths of the mine to help retrieve the stone to rule them all. Only the new recruits with the assistance of their Zord’s can come together as the Megazord to prevent Rita from achieving her evil plan.
Billy offers great comedic one-liners complete with a hilarious nod to Bruce Willis and the Die Hard series. Transformers obtains a brief spotlight in the iconic final battle. Graphics and overall filmography is a Megazord of an improvement from any Power Rangers attempt of the past! Cameo appearances will please fans.
With the green stone freed from Rita’s control, it leaves room for Tommy Oliver and a second film to follow *end credits bonus scene*
NOTE TO PARENTS: Please do not be confused of this as a children or even tween film. Swearing all through the film, inappropriate innuendo’s, violence, and a few creepy scenes that would not settle with a younger audience. As in a lot of the 80’s/90’s reboot films, the target audience is the 20/30 year olds that grew up watching the series.
Rating: M Violence.