Film Review – Power Rangers

Trini and Rita Power Rangers

Genre: Action/Adventure
Released: UK 23rd March 2017 USA 24th March 2017
Rating: UK 12A USA PG-13
Runtime: 2 hrs 4 mins
Director: Dean Israelite
Actors: Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader
Plot: Five teenagers learn that their small town is on the verge of being destroyed by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny they discover they are the only ones who can stop it. To do so, they have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuted in 1993. It has consisted of twenty-four television seasons of twenty different themed series and two theatrical films. This new interpretation has a bigger budget and is hoping to reach a new audience while bringing back the original fans.

Alpha 5 and the Power Ranger’s costumes are much improved than they appeared in the promotional stills.

Director Dean Israelite handles the action-packed battle scenes with skill. Two scenes involving car chases are notable standouts.

There are some unexpected strong performances from the young actors. RJ Cyler steals the film as the Blue Ranger, Billy. He has the best lines and has good one liners resulting in some welcome laughs.

Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa did a commendable job at playing evil and menacing. Bill Hader is a satisfactory choice as the voice of Alpha 5. Bryan Cranston gives his usual strong performance and gravitas to the role of Zordon.

This edgier and gritty take on Power Rangers improves on things from the TV show. Some changes might disappoint some of the older fans but there is plenty to enjoy from this new adaptation. Power Rangers is a good, fun reboot with subtle yet cool callbacks to the 90s TV series.

Summary

This edgier and gritty take on Power Rangers is a good, fun reboot with subtle yet cool callbacks to the 90s TV series.

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