TOWNSEND: ‘Power Rangers’ holds value for everyday viewers and hardcore fans
March 31, 2017
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The Power Rangers were created in the ‘90s in a television show called The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. 24 years later, the Power Rangers have been rebooted in movie form and I can say that I loved it. Mighty Morphin’ was a gigantic part of my childhood and it was absolutely amazing to see one of my favorite childhood shows and characters rebooted.
Now this movie is not perfect and really isn’t the best thing I have ever seen, but I genuinely enjoyed it. It was fun to watch and the whole thing was really well paced. It caught the vibes of the original Power Rangers perfectly while not being as cheesy as the TV show.
The movie follows five teenagers who are given powers and become a team to stop the villain Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks.
Banks did a pretty good job as the villain, but the whole movie they talked about how powerful she is supposed to be and she really did not seem much more powerful than the rangers themselves. My least favorite of the rangers was definitely Ludi Lin who plays the Black Ranger. He just didn’t click with me and most of the stuff he said was just really cringy.
My favorite ranger by far was the Red Ranger played by Dacre Montgomery. He did a phenomenal job as the leader of the rangers and his chemistry with the ranger’s mentor Zordon played by Bryan Cranston was something really good. Bill Hader gave his voice to the quirky Alpha 5 who helps train the rangers along side Zordon as well as serves as somewhat of a comic relief. They made all of the characters have an issue to progress through throughout the whole movie and this was done well. They didn’t spend too much time developing one character while still making every character feel involved.
There were some plot holes here too and I feel like there were better ways to explain those plot points but they get past that stuff pretty fast. There were also scenes that felt unnecessary and don’t add anything to the story or the characters. I liked this movie as a fan of Power Rangers and someone from an outside perspective. It is not going to win an Oscar and it is not going to go down in history as one of the greatest movies ever made, but I highly recommend Power Rangers for a fun and enjoyable experience that keeps you on the edge of your seat.