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March 31, 2017

Power Rangers (2017) --- "5 Teens Receive Extra Terrestrial Powers And Ride Giant Animal Robots."

Plot Summary
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.
     When Beauty and the Beast came out earlier this month, Disney had to appeal to two different audiences; those that grew up with the animation and those that did not or had not seen the original. Power Rangers has to do the exact same thing and I believe that this film did an excellent job in doing both. I strongly believe that kids who watch this today will say that it was “the best movie ever”, which is an essential to the success of the film. I also admire that Power Rangers franchise is not gender specific and you don’t have to be an old fan to see this film; it appeals to just about anyone who enjoys aliens and superpowers. This film showcases an entirely new group of teens who are all learning what they are and what they have to do for the first time, and I believe that it adequately describes what a Power Ranger is as well as all the little aspects of it too.  

     Now, you can say that Power Rangers was a bit cheesy and predictable but when you think about it Power Rangers was one of the cheesiest and most predictable shows ever made; which is probably why it’s so cool.  Overall, while I joined the Power Rangers fan club a bit late it is one of my favorite childhood TV show/movies and I enjoyed the experience of re-living it on the big screen. I saw the film with my father who knows next to nothing when it comes to the Power Rangers, and he said he liked it. And there is nearly unlimited potential for sequels after this film with something to that effect even teased in a post-credits scene. So, whether you are an older fan looking to recapture a fleeting glimpse of your childhood or someone being introduced the Power Rangers for the first time, then this film will have something for you no matter where your knowledge stands.

The answer to what is happening to you is here. You five are the Power Rangers.”

- Zordon

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  4.5 of 5 stars
Worth Buying:  4.5 of 5 stars

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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Fantastic Four –Reboot (2015)
Project Almanac (2015)
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Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Cast & Crew
Directed by:  Dean Israelite

Writing Credits:
     (Screenplay) John Gatins
     (Based on “Power Rangers”, created by) Haim Saban and Shuki Levy

Produced by: 
   Joel Andryc                ---    executive producer
   Marty Bowen             ---    producer (produced by)
   Brian Casentini         ---    producer (produced by)
   John Gatins               ---    executive producer
   Wyck Godfrey            ---    producer (produced by)
   Stephen Meinen       ---    co-producer
   Brent O'Connor        ---    executive producer
   Aldric La'auli Porter         ---      co-producer
   Haim Saban               ---    producer (produced by)
   Allison Shearmur     ---    executive producer
   Takeyuki Suzuki       ---    executive producer

Dacre Montgomery --- Jason (Red Ranger)
Naomi Scott --- Kimberly (Pink Ranger)
RJ Cyler --- Billy (Blue Ranger)
Ludi Lin --- Zack (Black Ranger)
Elizabeth Banks --- Rita Repulsa
Bryan Cranston --- Zordon
Bill Hader --- Alpha 5 (voice)
Matt Shively --- Damo
Cody Kearsley --- Hawkeye
David Denman --- Sam Scott
Robert Moloney --- Ted Hart
Anjali Jay --- Maddy Hart
Sarah Grey --- Amanda
Caroline Cave --- Beverly Scott
Kayden Magnuson --- Pearl Scott
Lisa Berry --- Candace Cranston
Wesley MacInnes --- Bully

John Stewart --- Detention Teacher

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