Ok so first off, I have to admit a couple of things. This isn’t going to be a review comparing to the many other franchises of the Power Rangers, personally I’ve never seen any before this one. This is most definitely a review from an amateur on the subject. I don’t know whether this copies other episodes or follows a similar story line from before, so I’m going to judge the film standing alone – just as I watched it. So if you’re a super fan, I apologise.
To be honest with no knowledge of the previous merchandises of the Power Rangers craze, I actually really enjoyed this film. I wouldn’t say it’s the best film I’ve ever seen, not in a long shot and it is definitely not the best superhero film I’ve seen either (personally Marvel holds that down), but I cannot say it is the worst either. I enjoyed the film and I was drawn into it, feeling extremely intrigued and isn’t that the point of a film that you want to continue watching? As someone who knows nothing of the Power Rangers, I was completely shocked how the plot line was actually going to go, I had no expectations and maybe that was a good thing. Perhaps for those who loved Power Rangers, this film might be a no-go, or it could be all it thought to be. But anyway, it was much more action-involved than I thought and I definitely appreciated that. ‘Power Rangers’ is very dramatic and paints a new world for the audience, one of science-fiction – but the best thing, you can easily go along with this new world with the characters, as they acted in realistic ways, rejected this new power they’ve been chosen for, just in ways anybody would; this made it much easier to come to grips with this new idea.
If you’re like me and have no idea what this 1990s show was even about (I googled that it was a show in the 1990s), then here are the basics of the film. Five teenagers end up being in the same place at once, none of them actually knowing each other well, in this place they are chosen to be the Power Rangers. Five teenagers, five colours – Red, Pink, Blue, Black and Yellow. The Red Ranger is supposedly the leader of the group, this is Jason (Dacre Montgomery). He’s the star quarterback, the stereotypical teenage boy in so many movies, yet he screws up and decides to put a cow in a locker room and ends up caught by the police rebelling against what he stood for. Jason is a character I appreciated, he had a lot of depth to him which made him a character to want to watch. Next, Pink, Kimberly (Naomi Scott), she’s quite hard to explain… She ends up in detention after punching a boy in the face, this ultimately leads for her friends to cut her out – in a very stereotypical way that girls apparently do, starting with cutting them out of the picture… literally. I couldn’t say that I was that invested in Kimberly, because I didn’t really understand her. More information is told throughout the film but again it doesn’t really add up to much. In simple terms, I think she’s a character lost in herself, but conflicted by the things she has done. That’s all I can really say about her to be honest. The Blue Ranger is my favourite, Billy (RJ Cyler). He is played incredibly well carrying the film. He is loyal and such an amazing character to be appreciated, he makes you laugh with honesty, but also you feel all of his emotions and understand him. He definitely stands out as the best Power Ranger, to say the least! Next, the Black Ranger, Zack (Ludi Lin). He’s painted at the dare-devil type, the crazy one, the one to run off and see how far he can jump, he seems to show no fear. But he has another side to him which is shown later in the film and this is touching and makes him a character to like as well. Finally, Yellow, Trini (played by Becky G!). She’s very much the secretive character at the beginning, she hardly talks, mostly just seen running off, described only as “crazy girl”. But as the film goes on she adds more and more to her character and you get to understand her more.
Basically, these five teenagers are warped into this new sci-fi world where they are superheroes and are supposed to destroy the woman declaring to ruin the world (of course!). But all in about eleven days – they have to accept who they are, train and be able to morph, something they struggle with straight away. With guidance from a face in a wall and a talking robot called Alpha 5, the whole film is a build-up to the big fight to kill the villain, and to say the least, it is definitely a big fight and lasts a long time – thankfully because I hate films where it’s all the build-up and when it actually comes to it, it’s easy and quick… Boring! ‘Power Rangers’ big fight in the end, honestly, does escalate to ‘really???’, but it’s a sci-fi and you do end up going along with it all.
A good film needs a good villain. And this film definitely has a good villain, actually a brilliant one. You don’t really understand her or her motives to why she’s acting the way she is, that is a bit of a bummer, but nevertheless she is played amazingly well. Rita Repulsa is played by the excellent Elizabeth Banks, and she does make her extremely intriguing to watch and appreciate as the antagonist of the film.
Overall, I enjoyed the film. It was full of action, some light humour and even some heart-felt moments, leaving me a bit heart-broken at one time. The special effects are phenomenal, throwing you straight in with the great tense graphics of a car crash. I also loved the camera positions, it made it different and really flowed in the film. Not going to lie to you though, you watch a lot of the film in the trailer, which is a shame. Anyway, it was an enjoyable action superhero movie, and if you think that would be a movie for you, then go and see what’s happening in Angel Grove when five acquaintances just happen to be at the same place at the same time.