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SABAN'S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who 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.
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I’m guessing that focusing on character is why the movie didn’t do as well as hoped. The people who want wham bam didn’t like that, and the people who would like it stayed away. But there were so many great lines and subtleties in the dialog. Perhaps not as deep as an Oscar winner, but pretty deep. The cinematography captured beautiful British Columbian scenery and many of the segues between scenes were brilliant. It is much, much more than a kiddie movie.
RJ Cyler, as Bill Cranston (Blue Ranger), did such an amazing job acting. His portrayal as someone “on the spectrum,” someone mentally different, was on point. He created a character that the other four rangers fell in love with, as did I.
I want to take a moment to mention Becky G’s portrayal of the Yellow Ranger. Trini was a shy, hide in the background, kind of person, so quiet that no one knew her name. Becky G did such a good job at this that the others overshadowed her. There were many shots (and a photo of the team) where her face was blocked. On one hand I felt so badly for her. She’s not even listed in the starring role line. On the other hand, it is proof of how good a job she did. She’s a beautiful person in real life and was hidden in frumpy clothes and a quiet, unassertive role, but I thought Trini held her own and was clearly a critical member of the team. That took real acting. It makes me sad they didn’t include her signing in the soundtrack (Becky G’s not Trini’s).
Even though the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery) is the designated leader (i.e., decreed, not earned) and is, of course, the high school quarterback star with six pack abs, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger stood out in showing how women lead too, strong and decisive. Perhaps a statement on gender roles, but what was really going on is that the five of them did not see gender. Or color. There is a line in the movie where Alpha 5, the ranger’s robotic assistant, says, “Different colors, different kids, different colored kids!” European, Asian, African, Indian, and Hispanic, boys and girls, were represented on a team of five. The robot, stuck in ancient thinking, pointed it out, but the team just saw people and acted accordingly. They responded to character, not categories. Martin Luther King would be proud. It was a refreshing look at how it should be.
And oh yeah, the special effects were A May Zing. The $100M budget out did themselves. All of it seemed so real I kept finding myself forgetting that it wasn’t real.
At the end of the movie, Red Ranger’s father puts a news article on his refrigerator next to his delinquent son’s football accomplishments. The reasons are profound. You can’t really read the article in the few seconds it’s in frame but pause the movie and read it. So much detail for two seconds worth and it describes the world’s reaction to extraterrestrials showing up. Too weird, right?
Like I said, too deep for a kid’s movie. I’m not going to admit how many times I’ve watched it, but everyone should at least once.
it's not the standard big-budget rehash of the source material we might have been hoping for, but it's fun and even moving in ways you wouldn't expect—in ways it couldn't have been if it had stuck more closely to the tone of the show. these aren't the rangers i grew up watching, but i still want to see more of them. here's hoping for a green ranger sequel.
PS: the digital HD can be 4K HDR if you have a device that can do that.
It definitely updates the characters, and the actors did a great job of embracing their part as their own rather than trying to model the character after the originals.
Granted, the TV show was so campy that it's really difficult to do *worse* than the TV show, but this was way beyond my expectations -- to the point where I voluntarily watched it again. ... and again.
The 2nd and 3rd quarters were good as well, but felt a little less realistic. Then the 4th quarter was a little over the top as far as realism, but by then you really care about the characters, so the details don't matter.
All in all, I give this movie 5 stars because I liked it and I want more movies like this to be made. Good clean fun with a great message about caring for the needs of others.