The highly-anticipated #PowerRangers film is almost here and fortunately for all us hardcore Mighty Morphin' fans, it looks quite promising. Still, while there are a lot of people excited for the reboot, there's no denying the heavy amount of controversy that's surrounded the film's stylistic choices.
There's been a considerable amount of criticism directed at things like the Rangers' armor or Alpha 5. However, perhaps the biggest source of fan rage has been Goldar's design:
After his reveal, fans were upset by the creature not having a face and looking too much like a mindless enforcer (despite being a pivotal part of the original show). Thanks to the latest Power Rangers trailer, we got to see the thing in motion, and while it definitely looks much cooler, a large number of people are still not impressed by the expressionless design.
Entertainment Weekly just released two new pictures that give us our best look at the character yet. And if you are in the group dissatisfied by his appearance, they also included a very interesting explanation from the filmmakers for their rebooted take on the villain.
Designer Andrew Menzies revealed that the new approach was an effort to make the originally fumbling and charismatic villain a scary force to be reckoned-with:
“Dean [Israelite] and I talked about him being faceless and intimidating and characterless. He’s an extension of Rita that’s unstoppable."
According to Menzies, he was based on a chocolate fountain (by making it a melting form that never settles) in order to play with our psychology and fears of the unknown:
“I think as humans we always search for character in a face, and if it’s always shifting and changing, it becomes scary. If it moved like chocolate and kept flowing, you could never put your finger on it.”
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So, if the villain's inspired by melted chocolate, how can they avoid making us hungry instead of afraid while watching him do his villainous deeds? Well, Israelite and Menzies mainly based their design on melted gold. And to capture a realistic feel for the precious metal, they took inspiration from a magnetized liquid called ferrofluid, which closely mimics the way melted gold moves.
Israelite also shared his thoughts on the character:
“There’s something very beautiful about him. All of the negative space that’s constantly in Goldar’s design feels very eerie, but on the other hand, he’s a kinetic sculpture.”
While fans criticisms are completely understandable, I am very pleased with the design. It looks quite intimidating and fits very well with the more modern aesthetic the movie's going for, thanks to its blend of organic matter with technology. If you want to give the new Goldar a chance, don't forget to check out Power Rangers when it hits theaters on March 24, 2017.
What did you think of the filmmakers' explanation for Goldar's new design? Do you like the new look for the villain? Let me know in the comments!