POWER RANGERS

2017 **1/2 124 mins.

When I heard a new Power Rangers movie was being made, I was immediately apprehensive. I grew up when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was new, so it's always been very important to me. I knew they were going to do exactly what they did. Basically, they Michael Bay Transformers-ized it. They've tried to make it "darker" and "more realistic." They've totally changed the characters from good, wholesome, respectable teenagers to...troublemakers. When we first meet Jason, he's smuggling a cow into a locker room, talking about how he jerked it off. Then, we meet more characters in detention. Alpha 5 looks ridiculous, and Zordon is, quite frankly, an asshole. The film plods along for an hour and a half before any real action even happens. The last half hour of the film is amazing, though, when the Rangers are rolling out in their Zords (which are never really explained), and "Go Go Power Rangers" is playing. The climactic battle with Goldar is amazing. It's not enough, though, to make up for the drudgery of the overlong exposition. Stay away from this garbage.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Digital)
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor.

Starring:
Dacre Montgomery + Naomi Scott + RJ Cyler + Ludi Lin + Becky G. + Elizabeth Banks + Bryan Cranston + Bill Hader

Based Upon "Power Rangers" Created by
Haim Saban and Shuki Levi

Story by
Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless and Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney

Screenplay by
John Gatins

Directed by
Dean Israelite


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