A mediocre attempt at resurrecting the franchise.
Starring: Dacre Montgomery and Elizabeth Banks
Plot: Saban”s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it”s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
Remarks: I, like many, grew up watching Power Rangers. So, naturally, I was really excited to hear that the franchise would be making its return to the big screen. However, so many advancements have been made in the world of film since the show was on the small screen that it would need a few tweaking.
There were things that the team behind the film got right and some which they totally missed the mark with. Firstly, with the exception of Becky G (the yellow ranger), the casting was on point. The new cast had great chemistry together and delivered a solid performance for newcomers. Elizabeth Banks, however, stole the show and made an epic Rita Repulsa. Her make-up, costume and persona ticked all the boxes and she even brings a bit of humour to the film.
This was a show geared at kids so it was a difficult task adapting this film to today’s generation of young adults and fans who grew up on the franchise. However, I do think the producers got the balance right. The story was a great way to introduce the franchise to a younger audience and made for more action than we’re used to from the series for those watching for the nostalgia. Speaking of nostalgia – the film has tons of it! From the ranger suits (they’re really epic!) to the zords and even the popular Power Rangers theme song, it’s all there. The film has just the right amount of special effects and action which will satisfy both new and old fans of the franchise.
That being said, the story hampered the potential the film had to be great. Sure, it’s the classic Rita vs Zordon power struggle that, essentially, needs to get retold but I felt they could have done so much more. It took way too long to set the scene. The story of how the five met and got their powers took way too long that the final battle scene was cut short – which left me wanting more. Also, I was disappointed at how Goldar was represented. He was a massive monster who never spoke and simply did what Rita asked him – a massive difference from the one in the TV show. There is also a lot of product placement in this film. I understand that this is a form of marketing these days, but never have I seen a campaign so clear in a movie before. Sure, it’s a little funny at first, but it did get a bit too much.
Overall, this isn’t an amazing film. Despite being a fan of the franchise,I left the cinema disappointed. However, it’s a must-watch not only for the nostalgia, but for the epic reinvention of the franchise. The sets, costumes and effects were epic and the film gives viewers what they came to see. It’s an incredibly fun film and one which was plagued by a weak story which, unfortunately, had to be portrayed. That being said, should there be a sequel, I do believe it will be a much stronger film. If you are or ever have been a fan of this franchise, make sure you head to a theatre near you this weekend.
Power Rangers releases on the 24th of March 2017.
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