It’s time for another edition of “Cheap Movie Reviews,” because why pay large sums of money to see movie and snacks that you aren’t able to view all the time over and over again. I morph into action as I review the reboot of the Power Ranger’s movie franchise “Power Rangers.” It’s actually called “Saban’s Power Rangers” but that isn’t a cool title.
“Power Rangers” takes what you know from the original series, “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,” and put it in a way more realistic and darker universe. It’s the Power Rangers that the adults have always wanted while still being slightly for kids. And by slightly, I mean hardly at all. There’s swearing that some might find offensive. There’s also some adult content but you could still take your child to it and it won’t scar them for life. While it’s a darker approach, it doesn’t go too dark to show blood or have anyone horribly murdered.
The story follows the same premise that the show did. Five teenagers from different walks of life stumble upon five power coins that grant them powers to stop the evil Rita Repulsa from taking over the world. In order to defeat her, they must come together as a team and learn to work together. Like I said, the plot is the same from the television show. The plot carries over from the television show extremely well. The movie actually digs into each characters back story way more. Each character is fullly developed. While some are more than others, you know a lot about each of the Rangers, Zordon, and Rita.
One of the issues that face this movie is pacing. It’s starts out strong and continues to to be but then it gets rushed toward the end. It’s like they got half way through the movie and realized that they only have so much more time left. It’s then when they crammed the action into the last half of the movie. It could have been spread out more throughout the middle and the last act of the movie. Another issue is the length of this movie, It’s a two-hour movie. Unless you are invested into this film, the length is a little bit on the long side. Especially if the action isn’t until the last hour and a half of the film. While I like the depth of each character’s story, some of could have been left out due to it doesn’t benefit the main plot of the movie. Or they could have included it in the “director’s cut” of the movie.
The actors in this films that play the rangers are extremely believable and likable. You want them to succeed and save the world. Zordon and Alpha will grow on you just because Alpha is annoying at first and Zordon just comes across as an asshole. Elizabeth Banks as Rita is probably is the worst part about the entire movie. The way she is portraying her doesn’t fit with the tone of the movie. She’s too over the top and just too much. It was like they were doing entirely different version of the movie when she filmed her scenes and they didn’t reshoot because of money. Her acting wasn’t good at all. There were moments where it was tolerable but they were few and far between.
“Power Rangers” isn’t a bad movie, actually I rather enjoyed it. It is my favorite movie so far this year. But the pacing, Elizabeth Bank’s acting, and the length of it hurts the enjoyment of the movie a tad. It was an extremely fun ride and the action sequences were the highlight of the film. Unless you are a fan of the original show, this movie will probably not be something you want to see over and over again. But I really hope there is a sequel because I want more films like it.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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