Power Rangers Review
If you can forgive the predictability, there is some enjoyment to be had
Me and four kids found a spaceship buried underground. I'm pretty sure I'm a superhero.65 million years ago a pitch battle between the Rangers and the evil Rita ended with the accidental destruction of the dinosaurs as a huge meteor was needed to secure victory; but at the cost of the Rangers themselves, a call made by their leader. But in a last deliberate act he buries the Power Coins, charging them to find worthy recipients to continue the legacy. So when five semi-delinquent teenagers happen to be in the same place at the same time, they are deemed worthy enough to inherit that gift. Cue training montages, arguments, trust building and teamwork before the Rangers are ready to take on Ultimate Evil – luckily some fishermen happen to pick up said Evil at the same time as the Coins were found otherwise there would be no-one to fight! Ultimate Evil is, (obviously) Rita, and her desire to remove the Zeo Crystal, the source of all life on Earth, with a Golden monster, and it is up to the combined strength of the Rangers to save the day; if only they knew how.
There is absolutely no new ground broken with the new Power Rangers reboot, based on the incredibly popular 90s TV show. It takes every trope used in any super-hero origin story, as well as every team coming together story, and teenage angst story, melds them into one huge unwieldy beast with plenty of flashy visuals, thumping score, action, quips and feel-good conclusion, in a film that is a little bit all over the place, bounces around on the tone and relies more on contrivance and convenience than actual plot devices to get from one scene to the next. Having said all that, the film skilfully avoids any and all ‘Michael Bay schlock’, with a group of likable leads and a furious pace, remaining curiously watchable throughout. Difficult to work out the audience though; it’s too far apart from the original to be faithful to fans, but relies on prior knowledge so alienates a new audience. But if you can forgive the predictability of it all, there is some enjoyment to be had, particularly during the first half, which feels like a modern remake of The Breakfast Club.
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