Go Go Power Rangers!! Warning Spoilers….
I first heard about the film last year during San Diego Comic Con (2016) when Kripsy Kreme was giving out free doughnuts and cool lightning bolt pins. Ha! Now I know the connection between Krispy Krème and the Rangers! I was pretty excited to finally get to see the movie on the big screen since I grew up watching the show on tv, I went in open minded (aka I didn’t read any of the reviews on the film.)
Lets talk about the characters: People have a certain vision as to who each Ranger should be and represent. I give a whole lot of credit to Lionsgate for making one of the leads’ gay (yellow ranger), and one autistic (blue ranger), but I didn’t find any of the Rangers to be all that interesting. The movie spends the first 90 minutes introducing the 5 power ranger’s back story. As with any super hero movies these kids are a couple of misfits that happen to be at the right place at the right time to find the crystals.
We have Jason the Red Ranger he’s a young man that feels like he’s disappointed his father after ruining his chances for a football scholarship, due to a school prank gone horribly wrong Jason is now on house arrest and permanent Saturday detention.
Kimberly the Pink Ranger is an ex cheer leader who believes she is a bad person. She was cut off from her best friends after she showed explicit pictures of one of the girls on her team to other people. Soon after punched her boyfriend in the face making him loose a tooth which resulted in her having Saturday detention.
Billy the Blue Ranger is a tech wiz and is on the Autism spectrum ( in my personal opinion I think it’s amazing that the film created a super hero with autism, it gives an opportunity to challenge preconceptions about people with autism.)
Zack the Black Ranger is a kid that skips school due to taking care of his sick mother.
Trini the Yellow Ranger is a girl that’s moved through several schools and is always disappointing her parents since she has a slightly different view on life, since she’s gay/lesbian (the film does not specify however it is implied that she likes women).
The five of them are recruited by Zordon the last Red Ranger whom we are able to see during the beginning of the film after being defeated by Rita.
Rita Repulsa, though looking very different from the 90’s show, was a mixture of over-the-top popcorn fun and creepiness.
The film goes on to showing how the modern day Rangers became to be and how the power of friendship help them defeat Rita and save the day. ( basically the film in a nutshell – friendship always wins).
Overall I give the film a B- the movie dragged on for 2/3 of the film, you don’t get a lot of action until the last 30 minutes. The golden monster summoned by Rita was made out of gold, but the story line was cute and cheesy.
The extra scene after the credits was good. Hint Hint- TOMMY!!! Here’s to waiting on Part 2.