It's projects that have the most dismal of outlooks, the most unlikely of prospects, and the most bizarre of conceptions that fascinate me the most. The Power Rangers reboot is one such project, with Hollywood attempting to reboot a series that has pushed on steadily for twenty years without so much as a remake. Alas, we live in a world of aging demographics, where appealing to original fans who are now well into their 30s is a desirable business practice. So how is the Power Rangers reboot appealing to fans new and old?
Dean Israelite, the director of Project Almanac and soon to head up the next Power Rangers venture, has stated that this movie will be "mature but playful", which sounds almost oxymoronic in the didactic world of modern filmgoing. Is he trying to tick the boxes for each camp of fans who are either for or against a gritty Power Rangers? Let's break down what he means by this, and determine what this Power Ranger reboot will really give us!
A script leak, as is always the case with these hotly awaited productions, outlines somewhat what Israelite and Saban Entertainment have been aiming for. Suspicions that this product would employ the most recognizable Power Rangers villains possible have been confirmed, with this particular passage detailing the entrance of Rita Repulsa into the movie!
A huntress. A striking, yet subtly alien-looking woman. She carries a metallic staff topped with a distinctive crescent shape. Advances with a soldier’s confidence, guided by some sort of compass… Her staff is actually a device of immense power. She points it at the ground. Heads emerge, built layer upon layer like 3-D printing, made from the earth itself.
Some people have claimed this excerpt has gritty reboot written all over it, but I disagree. It's still that same absurd silliness we're used to with Power Rangers; it just takes a different route to get there. This is classic campy seriousness filtered through the guise of grittiness. 3-D printed zombies, are you serious? If the Power Rangers Reboot nails this tone, we could be in for one funny ride!
The word "mature" is one of the most abused in all of pop culture. Just think of the stacks and stacks of videogames that are rated mature simply because they contain violence, nudity and swearing. It says absolutely nothing about their worldview, outlook on life, or adult sensibilities. In fact, most people that claim something to be mature only do it to ward children off so they can be juvenile on their own terms. Why would Israelite insist on putting the mature label on his Power Rangers reboot? I'm pretty sure this movie won't parallel Joseph Kahn's ridiculous blood-soaked short that I've talked about here. The mature tag could just be to assure people that this is a departure from the usual Power Rangers spiel, and not just a continuation only for the kids.
Playful is a term even harder to define than mature. It could signify anything from the outright zaniness of the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers to the something like the banter-filled quip factory that is [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035). I actually wouldn't mind if the Power Rangers reboot ended out as something somewhat similar to the latter. Then again, the prospect of it channelling the original show and being something truly egregious to parents also amuses me. I suppose the new Rita Repulsa and her 3-D printed zombies would have a thing or two to say about that!
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