I'm a guy who was born in the '80s. While I may not have been a huge fan of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show on Fox, I watched it like every other kid. When #PowerRangers was announced, I found myself both excited and worried. Remakes of my childhood shows have not always been great (Transformers, G.I. Joe), so I wasn't exactly filled with hope. Even when I saw the previews and enjoyed them, I remained skeptical. Then I saw the movie and absolutely loved it.
I'm not going to blow smoke and tell you that this was the best movie of the year and that it's going to break all sorts of records. What I will do is explain to you why Power Rangers was not only a good movie, but also gave fans to be happy that the movie was rebooted.
1. The Story Was Solid, Without Being Cheesy
The Power Rangers are known for being cheesy. That doesn't mean that the story can't be good. People aren't going to spend their hard-earned money to go see a movie just because it looks good visually. It may be good for first-week numbers, but it won't have the longevity it takes to keep a franchise going.
Power Rangers doesn't do a lot of things that other movies and shows do. There isn't a forced love story or some miracle that made them unbeatable. It followed a more realistic timeline than we are used to seeing from a Power Rangers movie. For example, they didn't get their armor and could all of a sudden fight. They had to train and become a team before they were even worthy of the armor. In between all of the training and action we are given some funny moments as well as some moments that leave you going, "I did not see that coming." There was another important part of the story that made me VERY happy.
2. The Cast Is Full Of Cool And Diverse Outcasts
Instead of making all of the kids cool and tough, they made the Rangers the outcasts of today. Kids who are looked at as weirdos because they follow the beat of different drum. Even the two characters who were part of the in crowd felt out of place and didn't really feel comfortable until they left the in crowd. This was a major change from the original show with the being made up of a cheerleader and cool guys who could sing and dance, and knew martial arts and one guy who was a genius, but seen as a dork.
They also took a things like being on the spectrum and bullying and put it right up there for everyone to see. But it wasn't used as a marketing ploy. It showed a lesson that people should stand up when there is an injustice in front of them. Power Rangers also took a coming out and did it perfectly. I have been told by friends and relatives that coming out isn't an easy thing to do. Family and friends who don't understand will try and label you when sometimes you just want to be. This was done perfectly and the writers should be applauded.
3. Rita Was More Villain That She's Ever Been
Remember Rita Repulsa from the first show and movie? Extremely goofy, never did her own fighting, and probably never actually got her hands dirty? Well, meet Rita Repulsa 2.0. This Rita is ruthless and hellbent on revenge and world domination. She may still use putties and Goldar to back her up, but her new putties are no longer goofy and useless henchmen. These putties are made of rock and do more than just flail around. Moreover, Goldar is not someone to be messed with. The scene when she goes after the Yellow Ranger was more intense than anything I have seen Rita do in any movie or show. An aggressive and murderous villain that added a little darkness in an otherwise bright movie.
4. It Pays Homage To Its Roots
Every remake has a few lines that shout out to the original. Movies like Robocop had the, "I'd buy that for a dollar" quote and, Dredd had, "I AM THE LAW." Power Rangers was not an exception. Alpha Five had his well known "Aye yai yai yai yai," the Meagzords were still dinosaurs and stayed with their original colors, and so many more subtle (and not so subtle) throwbacks to the show that will leave the audience laughing. It may not be the exciting trip down memory lane, but there were some great moments that did bring back nostalgia from the show.
Power Rangers was one of the better remakes and I think it has a very promising future if they keep the formula the same. The movie is perfect for fans of the show, but left some a lot for people who may not know the show at all and just want to see an entertaining movie. A fun action flick with a great story and an even better cast. I highly recommend checking it out in theaters.
Have you seen it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.