Power Rangers (2017)
When 5 high school teenagers find 5 colored stones in an abandoned part of town, they wake to find they have super powers. They can jump long distances and they have extraordinary strength, but they have no idea why. They soon discover that they are the Power Rangers and must save the world from evil Rita (Elizabeth Banks) and her giant golden creature.
I grew up a generation behind the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers so I have zero connection to this group or the show. My group of choice for crazy teen crime fighters was (and still is) the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I have a feeling because of that franchise’s reboot, the Power Rangers got their shot. Did it pay off?
First thing I will say is that this movie is a pure origins story. It has the basic formula – troubled loner youths, discover ancient artifacts, become powerful and arrogant, experience tragedy, bond together and harness powers for the greater good. It isn’t anything new or special due to the vast amounts of Marvel origins films, and the fact that all of the Rangers are no-name actors doesn’t help. The reboot of the Ninja Turtles felt like something that was geared towards the youth of today but also for the 30 year olds who grew up with turtles. However, this reboot feels like a movie made by teens for teens. This movie is quite juvenile and I don’t see anyone who was a fan of the TV show automatically loving this.
As far as a movie goes, most of the scenes are quite dark and uneventful. The action doesn’t pick up until the last 30 minutes of the movie when things actually begin to be fun. I can see where a sequel to this could be really interesting since it would be 2 hours of action, but since this movie is lacking in the hero department, it suffers. The only bright spot of this who movie was Elizabeth Banks and when she becomes a focus at the end, her one liners steal the show. “How cute, the Rangers found their costumes and their Dino-cars” is one such example and it had me laughing out loud big time!
At the end of the day, if this movie is the start of something bigger, I will welcome it and hope it succeeds, however, because of so many other superhero origins stories, this movie is pretty plain and boring to the point that it could have and should have moved at a faster pace. This movie drags its feet too much to the point that people will check out before it can get to the good stuff. I might be wrong, but I don’t see true Power Ranger fans praising this movie. It really felt like that crappy reboot of Fantastic 4 from 2 years ago which is really sad. Co-starring Dacre Montgomery, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, Becky G and RJ Cyler.
5/10 Stars – Might have a fun ending, but the slow, dark and redundant origins story of the first 90 minutes is a drag.