It’s Morphin Time! Who would have thought that Lionsgate would pull off a Power Rangers movie that wasn’t gonna be bad? Yes, I’m gonna come right out and say it. Power Rangers is not a bad film. Power Rangers is a fun thrilling ride with a ton of heart that really deserves to be seen by both fans of the series and newcomers alike. What many have called out as ‘two movies’ smashed together creating a semi-trainwreck, Power Rangers does bring us something new and does something totally different that you wouldn’t have expected from a series about five teens who dress in colorful suits and run around fighting monsters in silly suits.
Power Rangers Fixes some Issues
One of the things I much liked about this film is Rita, something many people have complained about. I’ve watched reviews and read a few and the most common have been, Rita is just kind of there and really doesn’t do much. She’s over the top and silly but in a good ‘power ranger’ way. I would have to disagree with this as both a fan of film and the series. For those of you who have never watch the series before I’ll explain. In the show, Rita shows up having been released after 10,000 years and now that she is back, it’s time to destroy Earth. She sends down her minions and Goldar to destroy the Power Rangers so she can destroy the Earth.
That is something that is never explained, we have no idea what so ever why Zordon is on Earth, we never learn why Rita or Zed are hell-bent on taking over Earth. But as a kid, you just don’t question it because you’re a kid. But even growing up and rewatching it, the action and story can sometimes sort of take you out of wondering why. The film is a reboot is allowed to play along with things. It’s been no secret that Rita in the Reboot is the Green Ranger, the former Green Ranger. You get a short look at the Green Ranger suit (a female form with a boob plate and all) in the first 5 mins of the film. We see why she might not be able to fully form her suit now as well, which explains her look later in the film.
We learn why Zordon is on Earth and why he is the way he is. In the show, we did get some hints that Zordon was once human and fought Rita a few times in flashbacks and hints. But we never know if Zordon was a Ranger himself. I’m totally fine with the choices they made to tie both Rita and Zordon and the Rangers together. In fact, it makes sense and I wished the show had gone that route.
I’ll talk about the design, something everyone has been complaining about. Power Rangers are aliens, it was stated in the show and it’s true in this film. The power coins, the power that drives them, the tech even Zordon and Rita are aliens. Protectors of the Zeo Crystal. I knew they wouldn’t do the classic suits or even do what the 1995 film Power Rangers the movie did. To be honest, the more I’ve looked at it and after seeing the film I can dig the suits. I hope that when Tommy becomes the Green Ranger that his suit gains the gold shield. As to put her apart from Rita’s version of the suit.
The zords I’m still a bit of a mix bet on. Of course, I did buy the zords as they came out, and even did a review of them. I do plan on doing another video with them and talking a bit more about the zords now that I’ve watched the movie. The one thing that is very disappointing to me and this is more of a collector than the film’s fault.
It’s rather clear that the toys got made and rushed before the final film’s CGI were finished. After seeing the Megazord on screen and how it works it’s very clear that they didn’t have the final look for the toys. I’m hoping that we get a sort of legacy version or more up to date transforming version. I’m totally down and okay if they downscale it to what the Power Ranger Megazords generally are.
I love how Zordon does not tell them that their zords can combine into a Megazord. When the final battle goes down, watching as the team is about to be defeated and the zords start to combine more as the team comes together. Most of the full-on transformation are hidden from us, only getting a general idea of how it happens. From the look on Rita’s face, the question of how that she tossed out left me to believe that the original team while having access to zords as well did not become a Megazord. Which I found to be rather cool and awesome. After seeing the zord in action I can dig the design.
While I am a bit down that they aren’t all in a central cockpit like the show, the fact that they showed they still had to work together by controlling just one part of the zord each and required great teamwork was a plus. That was what this film showcase the most was teamwork.
Power Rangers was Awesome
People are gonna hate, don’t listen to people who say the film is bad. Of course, it’s bad there are a number of flaws, there is even some stuff they seem to forget or got cut from the final film. Such as they never explain the van scene, to understand what I mean please just watch the movie. I found myself really connecting to these characters. One thing I’ll agree that his film was a character-driven story. Something most comic book and superhero films fail at. I didn’t feel like Rita was a bad villain, I feel she’ll be back and maybe we’ll get more character for her.
This film was all about setting up the core team. It even played out just like an episode would. They had tons of easter eggs, all done just right. They didn’t overload it trying to hook you in with past actors. Some past reboots have tried to use nostalgic of the original. It was all done in just the right amount and I loved it.
Power Rangers had what I wanted, it was fun. The zord battle was rather cool. While I wish they had added more character to Goldar, I wasn’t upset with his design and I can see that maybe there is some backstory to him. After all, he showed to care for Rita rather than being just mindless.
Does Majin Planet Recommend?
Yes, if you are a fan of the series, even if you’re a newer fan. This is the film we as Power Ranger fans have been waiting for. It’s not gonna blow you away. It does many things right that many films that get higher rating don’t do right. Such as when something happens in the film I felt for the character. I understood the paths they had all had to go on. I could relate to them. While I wish the had more of the Power Ranger stuff, suits and zord battles I’m totally okay with that I was given.
I can’t really complain. Power Rangers took something that we all thought was gonna be crap and be the biggest failure of 2017 turn out to be a solid win.
Maybe it didn’t take the number one spot this weekend, it didn’t have to. To be honest, it’s a fun ride and I do plan on seeing the film again later this week. I don’t normally go see a film more than once but Power Rangers is one of those films. It has a ton of easter eggs that I’ll talk about later. Overall, it’s easily a 4 out of 5 stars for me. Great action, acting was shocking amazing and the CGI while a little lacking I can forgive them for that.
I can tell that they really cared and worked hard to make something great, make money and be respectful to the original. I don’t wanna give away any spoilers beyond what is freely shown in TV spots and clips so I’ll do a list of 5 things I didn’t like and 5 things I liked about the film later this week.