High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vengeance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world. (1)
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Hello, Movie Buffs!
When I first heard about the Power Rangers being brought back as a film franchise I was pretty excited because – although I was a bit late being introduced as a fan when they first came out – Power Rangers is one of my all-time childhood favorites. With a large number of superhero movies coming out (Thor 3, Spider-man, Justice League, Wonder Woman, etc) it is quite obvious that Power Rangers is a diamond in the rough that has potential but still needs more training.
It is wonderful to see that Haim Saban and his production crew took great care of staying as true to the original Mighty Morphin storyline as possible. The original concept of a group of overachieving teenagers being selected to become the best of the best makes sense. However, since going dark with classic childhood movies is a trend these days, the Power Rangers needed to have a bit of an edge to them, which is why this new team is made of "diamonds in the rough", ones that society has labeled as screw-ups. I also enjoyed that the Blue Ranger was played by a black dude and The Black Ranger was played by an Asian dude (which is a little less distracting than what happens in the TV show). Also, the new suits are awesome, although the fighting it still a bit corny but that’s a quirk of the franchise. Bryan Cranston is a great Zordon with Bill Hader as his funny echo, Alpha 5. Elizabeth Banks is quite evil as Rita Repulsa and since recent superhero movies have had a weak antagonist, I enjoyed what Banks did with the character and loved to see her on the screen. Also director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) was the perfect choice for this movie, especially since creating a movie that is centered teens can be tricky but Israelite really seems to have a handle of things.