The fuzzy, warm feeling of nostalgia is enough alone to raise excitement levels for the upcoming Power Rangers movie. The hit series became staple viewing for '90s kids the world over, who tuned in to the adventures of the young group of martial arts experts.
The original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was released back in 1993, and spawned numerous spin-offs and two movies — Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). There's even a new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers video game just announced too. It's hard to believe fans have wait 20 years for a new feature film, but the wait is almost over.
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So, go, go, go on and show me the new Power Rangers trailer, I hear you cry. Well fear not — the rebooted, ass-kicking teen group of alien beating martial artists finally has a new its first #trailer, and it's enough to send shivers down the spine:
A New Look Team With Roots In History
Directed by Dean Israelite, who made his feature film debut with Project Almanac last year, the renewed adventures may look different in appearance, but retains the elements that made the franchise so universally adored.
The latex may've gone, but the team of the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery), Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler), Yellow Ranger (Becky G), Black Ranger (Ludi Lin) and Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott) show they've got what it takes to become a beloved new generation.
The real attraction, though, lies with two characters in particular; the film's enemy, Rita Repulsa, (Elizabeth Banks) and the group's mentor, Zordon, who is played by Bryan Cranston — who voiced Snizard way back in the original series.
Although re-imagined for new audiences to some degree, Power Rangers will stay faithful to previous incarnations. Lionsgate's official synopsis gives a hint that this will delve into the roots of the Rangers, and the process the team have been through:
"Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late."
Can Power Rangers Deliver?
The big question is whether the movie can deliver. Although drenched in nostalgic anticipation, many reboots fail to live-up to high expectations, so Power Rangers will be met with some cynicism.
However, if the first look at the trailer is anything to go by, fans may just be in for the perfect trip down memory lane. It'd be rude not to immerse ourselves in their world again, wouldn't it?
Power Rangers is released on March 24, 2017.