When I first heard the prospect of making a Power Rangers movie based on the early 90’s TV show I was less than thrilled. The show is one of the cheesiest things I had ever seen as a kid. And a movie had already been made back when the show was at the peak of its popularity with 2005’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. The movie was panned by critics, and barely made enough at the box office to earn a profit. Yes, when I was six the TV show and the movie were entertaining, but watching them now I have to say they are really bad.
However, the first trailers came out for Power Rangers and I have to admit I was intrigued. And as the movie release date got closer I found myself looking forward to the new Power Rangers movie, however, I was still not expecting much. After finally seeing the film, I can honestly say I had a lot of fun with the movie. It surpassed my expectations! It is nowhere near a perfect film, it absolutely has flaws, however despite those flaws I was very entertained.
The first thing someone should know before going to see Power Rangers is that it is more of a character film, and less of an action movie. There are absolutely some action scenes in it, but they were just okay. What really drove the film was watching these five teenagers with different pasts come together and learn to trust each other and work as a team. Their on-screen chemistry is outstanding! And the acting is really good! I never thought I’d admit that there was good acting in a Power Rangers movie. The standouts are Dacre Montgomery (plays Jason – Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (plays Kimberly – Pink Ranger), and RJ Cyler (plays Billy (Blue Ranger). They were able to bring a level of emotion I did not think possible in a Power Rangers movie. I really cared about their characters, and their team because of their performances.
Power Rangers is surprisingly funny too. I laughed a lot throughout the movie watching these weird and awkward teenagers figuring out what it means to be a Power Ranger and the shenanigans that can go with giving that kind of power to high school students. Also, there are some scenes of product placement that I thought pretty funny as well. Normally in-your-face product placement gets on my nerves (looking at you Transformers: Age of Extinction). I hate it. However, for some reason I was not bothered by it in this movie. I won’t say what it is – you’ll know it when you see it. Just know it works in the context of the film.
Now, remember when I said there was some great acting in Power Rangers? While that is true and I stand by that, there is some terrible acting in it as well. Unfortunately given by Elizabeth Banks, who played the villain Rita Repulsa. It was like she was in a completely different movie. While I’m getting drama, and real life situations from these teenagers the movie switches to the villain and I’m reminded that I am watching a movie based off one of the cheesiest TV shows of all time. Her acting would have fit perfectly in an episode of Power Rangers from the 90’s. And that is not a good thing. When we finally get to the showdown between her and the rangers I feel like I’m watching a completely different movie. An hour and a half of great teenage drama/comedy/sort of action, followed by cheesy action movie with a side of extra cheese due to her performance.
And the action was just okay. There was not a whole lot of rangers using martial arts, and when it was shown it didn’t blow me away. When the Rangers used their Zords (giant robots) to fight it was, once again, just okay. The CGI during these actions scenes was part of the problem. The visuals would switch back and forth between impressively good to video-gamey bad. I realize that this being the first movie in a what is sure to be a franchise there was a very limited budget to work with. But I’ve seen smaller scale movies show better action scenes. Maybe next time don’t hire a big-time actor like Elizabeth Banks so you can afford good looking action set pieces and CGI. It’s not like her being in the movie payed off anyway.
Overall there was a lot of good to be had in Power Rangers, but some glaring negatives that need to be fixed if the franchise is to continue and be successful. Despite by negatives stated already, I did generally like the movie. It was entertaining and fun – something that a Power Rangers movie should be. There are going to be some people who hate this movie, and that’s fine. I have to admit that the movie is not for everyone. However, if you were or still are a fan of the Power Rangers then I recommend you go see the movie. You will like it. If you were never a fan then you might like. I think it is still probably still worth checking out if you are in the mood for some dumb fun at the theater while chowing down on a big tub of buttery popcorn. Or, if you have a theater that offers it, get some doughnuts – you’ll thank me latter.
I’m giving Power Rangers a score of 3/5. It’s entertaining, so go see it.
Have you seen Power Rangers yet and what did you think? Are you going to see Power Rangers? Leave a comment below, and we can make a discussion out of it!