Saban’s Power Rangers Morphs into a Solid Remake (Spoiler-Free)

I will be one of the first to admit this. Nowadays, it seems like many properties are being rebooted/remade/re-imagined almost every other month. This month alone we have four major projects that have gotten this treatment. Two weeks ago we had the Kong sequel to the recent remake, last weekend we were guested by the live action Beauty and the Beast, and this weekend we have CHiPs and Saban’s Power Rangers. As a member of the geek culture, at one point I have watched many episodes of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers which was adapted from the Japanese Super Sentai series (specifically the version called Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger). The show and films were based upon a group of teenagers that were given abilities to fight evil from the universe.

This weekend’s newest film adaptation of the franchise brings a fresh new visualization to the classic original series. As in the past, the movie focuses of a group of teenagers from the city of Angel Grove that are brought together to battle the enemy of life itself, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Guiding the team is the mysterious sage Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and his robotic companion Alpha 5 (Bill Hader). As in the past, the five Rangers are different colors (red, blue, pink, yellow and black) and this time around they actually got more ethnically diverse. Now this film actually gets more in depth with the history, forming and growth of the team and that actually felt like it needed to be done instead of the past team which just seemed to mesh together well right from the start.

Without going into any details about the film, I just want to say that I thought it was a very well put together film and could very well lead to much more. I did feel that some of the cinematography (especially in one of the first scenes with Jason) was awkward and possibly visually nauseating.  The Rangers cast seemed like a good fit including Banks and Cranston so they should strike while the iron is hot with this lineup. The visuals were good and I did think the new uniforms were pretty good minus the unnecessary ‘boob-separating’ breastplates Kimberly and Trini were wearing. Music was decent though they did also use Kanye West’s “Power” in the film as well as the last trailer. Overall, I’d say that if you are a fan of Power Rangers go and check it out at the theater. If you want to see it but are on the fence then wait til it releases to video but still see it. RATING: 3.5/5

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