Movie Title: Power Rangers
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 2 hr. and 3 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
I have a special place in my heart for the Power Rangers. I grew up watching the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on television. I have really strong nostalgia for the show even though I’ve gone back to watch it and realized how incredibly cheesy a lot of it was. With that said there were still some cool elements. The creature design that they came up with each week was really interesting and the formula without question worked. There are still iterations of the Power Rangers on TV today because it works. I didn’t see this in theaters right away because I wanted it to be good and I was more than a little skeptical.
Power Rangers opens in the Cenozoic Era where aliens are fighting for control of Earth. Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) and Zordon (Bryan Cranston) face off head to head. Zordon is dying and buries the power crystals in the ground to be found by worthy warriors at some point in the future. He calls in an asteroid strike (the one that presumably wiped out the dinosaurs) in order to defeat Rita. She was cast into Earth’s primeval sea.
Because in modern movies our leads need to be angst ridden, we are introduced to our principal protagonist Jason (Dacre Montgomery) milking a male cow in a high school gymnasium. He then runs from the police and is involved in a serious accident. All of our other heroes come with drama attached, some of it of the super serious teenage angst variety. Because of this he ends up in Saturday school where he meets Billy (R.J. Cyler) who is autistic and being bullied. Billy helps him get out of house arrest if he’ll take him to the local gold mine. Once there Billy detonates a small explosive in a particular spot where it reveals the power crystals. From there the group forms and eventually meets Zordon. Rita is retrieved from the watery depths by a fishing vessel.
The movie then turns into a Power Rangers version of Rocky as the rangers get to know each other and train. Rita is played a little too crazy from the get go, but gets better as the movie goes on. Zordon is kind of lame and is given his own drama. The design of the armor and Goldar left something to be desired. The camp level was seriously decreased from the early 90s, but the plots holes are straight out of the 90s enormous. The unabashed advertising for Krispy Kreme during the movie was hilarious and the movie employs the formula that worked in the TV show well.
Nostalgia makes Power Rangers greater than the sum of its parts. It is a very simple movie, but if you watched the show as a kid you need to see this one. Here’s to hoping they made enough money to justify a sequel. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)