Power Rangers Reviewed By Jarred Tito

The Premise
High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vengeance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

The Review
“Go Go Power Rangers!” Well it’s all on again. The third Power Rangers movie has finally landed. And wow this is one to look out for. I’m guessing this film will storm the big screens with an explosive splash down. I’m also quite sure that this installment will delight Power Ranger fans the world over. It’s full of all of the cool stuff that saw the TV show banned from New Zealand television in the 90s. Yes, there are the fight scenes and dangerous shenanigans which could mislead the younger audiences. However, I my opinion, there is nothing too alarming in any of the choreographed sequences. Each are quite technical and way out of reach of young imitators. Having said that, there are plenty of positive role modeling traits such as, working as a team, putting others before yourself etc. Which could make up for the other stuff. Well you be the judge. 

This is a reboot so expect an introduction story to how the Power Ranger super hero quintet began. Also, expect a fair amount of teenage drama including the ‘coming of age’ themes that also find their way into this film. But don’t be put off by that, Ranger fans, because that side of things is done quite well. To my surprise, the movie does take its time to develop the characters including individual back stories which are quite good and at times worthy of a laugh or two and even tug on the heart strings.

There’s also plenty of action too, which is mixed well with the CGI, and a level that you would expect from Transformers or any of the Marvel franchise. This really feels like the big one for the Power Rangers. It’s fun, well-paced and loaded with heaps of iconic Power Ranger stuff that will leave you breathless.

Dacre Montgomery makes a great leader of the five. He plays a role which is actually not too unlike Captain James T Kirk in the reboot of Star-Trek. He is very watchable and really is key to making this film cool and relevant. Bryan Cranston, who plays Zordon, does well in his part too. He brings a much-needed voice of reason which helped me get into the whole believability of teens saving the world. All of the usual foes are in there as well which should be expected.  

The Verdict
This film certainly earns a definite power plus from me. I certainly do recommend it to any Power Ranger fan and anyone one else that enjoys a good hero movie. It’s both fun and action packed with some heart. If the kids are in the nagging stage about seeing this one parents, it’s for good reason. They are going to love this one so please do feel free to take a chance on it. They’ll love you for it. You might even find yourself getting a kick out of it too. 

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 23rd March 2017
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 124 minutes 
Genre:  Action, SciFi
Starring: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler
Director: Dean Israelite (Project Almanac)

The Extras
Bryan Cranston, who plays Zordon in the film, had previously voiced the monsters Twin Man and Snizzard in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993). Additionally, the first Blue Ranger Billy Cranston was named after Cranston himself.

The Angel Grove High logo in the film is the same one used in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).

In Trini's bedroom there is a window that features a circle with a tiger's head; this was the Yellow Ranger's original Power Coin design in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).

Originally scheduled for release on July 22, 2016, Lionsgate delayed the release to January 2017 to allow the film "room to grow." The date was pushed again to March 24, 2017.

Some Angel Grove street signs read "Reefside" and "Ocean Bluff Rd." These are a reference to Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) and Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008), which were set in the cities of Reefside and Ocean Bluff.

At one point the Yellow Ranger Trini wears a shirt that reads 1973. This was the year that the original Trini Thuy Trang was born.

The Power Ranger uniforms have been upgraded from spandex armor to an alien crystal that forms around the rangers.

This is the third Power Rangers movie to be on the big screen, after Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) & Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). However, this is a reboot of the series and is not connected to these two films.