POWER RANGERS Review – One Morph Time

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When you think about it, Power Rangers is kind of unstoppable now.

A global phenomenon on release in 1993 and ushering in a new era of live-action kids shows, it is a beast of Zord-like proportions.

With 24 seasons, 2 films and a 7 year period where it was owned by Disney under its belt, is it morphin’ time once again?


Five ordinary teens 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.

Taking cues from a certain popular video about the series on the internet, the new Power Rangers has a heavy tonal shift from something a little lighthearted to something a little more dark (as has been popular since Nolan’s Dark Knight series).

With a universe-spanning war concluding on Earth in ages past, we find ourselves in the modern-day with a new/old bunch of teens who will soon find themselves on the path to becoming a Power Ranger.

Jason (Darce Montgomery), Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Zack (Ludi Lin), Trini (Becky G) and Billy (RJ Cyler) return as the lead rangers, with Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) in tow.
Elizabeth Banks rounds out the cast taking the role of Rita Repulsar; playing up the campy role with delicious flair.

But that’s about all it has with relation to the original TV series.

Retelling the origin of the Rangers, we get a more rebellious group of teens intent on finding themselves through defending the universe; the scope of their angst so wide it envelops existence.

While not a bad thing, this type of development means we get to travel a whole new timeline of plot which means the ‘Power Rangers’ part of the game doesn’t get as much coverage as the “why are we here”, “who are we” and “what’s going on”.

Sure when they finally show up it’s fun, with playful little nods harkening back to the earlier shows, but these find themselves unhinged due to the serious-tone delivered throughout, muddying the new direction.

Playfully correcting itself come its ending, with a very fun mid-credit scene, it does enough to potentially see it complete it’s six-movie arc.

I just hope they have a little more power in the next one.

Summary

With enough morphin' time to push it to a sequel, Power Rangers is a worthwhile attempt at empowering the Rangers with a little more "OOMPH".

3.5

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