In the 90’s, a television series called “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” became an instant hit on Fox Kids. (a former channel similar to kids WB) The basic premise is about a group of teenagers are recruited by a mystical being name Zordon and his robot assistant Alpha 5, to protect the Earth from Rita Repulsa who wants to take over the planet. In each episode, the team fights a giant monster created by Rita end at the end of the episode, they’re victorious.
As the years go by, the series spawned dozens of seasons. Currently there are 24. The series was also a merchandise driven property selling toys, clothes, costumes, lunch boxes, etc. Due to popularity, Haim Saban, the creator of the franchise, went on to become a billionaire. Now that’s a fortune for winning a big lottery!
Before this movie was released, there were also two Power Rangers films called “Mighty Morphin Powers The Movie” & “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.” If you haven’t seen those two films, I highly recommend them for nostalgic memories and turn off your brain, because they did not age well.
Fun Fact: The TV series came out in 1993, that’s the year I was born.
If you haven’t seen this movie. This review contains massive SPOILERS so read at your own risk because if I’m writing something that I like it’s a non-spoiler, but if it’s something that isn’t excellent, I’m saving you from spending your hard earned cash. Shall we reveal my real thoughts on this reboot? Let’s begin!
Mighty & Repulsive Aspects
Mighty: The cast including Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, and the newcomers as the Power Rangers, did a solid job for their performances. Bryan used to portray various monsters from the original series.
The costumes look realistic than the original spandex outfits from the TV series.
The opening sequence starts in a strong way.
The song “Power” by Kanye West is in this film. By the way, I’m a huge fan of Kanye West. Power was also used in “Saints Row: The Third & “The Bling Ring.”
The movie did a jab on the race controversy from the original show involving the black ranger, if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll probably know what I mean.
Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver/Green Ranger) & Ashley Jo Johnson (Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger) make cameos appearances as citizens who witness the climatic battle.
Billy mentions Spider-Man & Iron Man. They will appear in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
There is a mid-credits scene. Don’t miss it.
Repulsive: If you’re a Power Rangers fan like me since childhood, this film is more angst unlike the series. It’s basically “Man Of Steel” all over again with Superman lacking his lighthearted Boy Scout attitude.
Lack of Action Sequences. The action scenes are suppose to be the meat and potatoes of the series to get the kids pumped up into rooting for his or her favorite ranger.
Seriously?! Where are the ranger’s arsenal such as guns, swords, axes, bows, daggers etc. How in the actual heck can they fight their opponents without their aforementioned weapons? It’s like Spider-Man without his web shooters or Batman’s utility belt.
This reboot is boring like staring at wet paint before it drys off.
I hate to break it to ya fellas. You don’t get to see the team in their costumes until the climax of the movie. A huge punch to the gut for fans who are dying to witness their favorite ranger fight crime. Why are they heavily marked in various trailers, commercials and action figures? I hate false advertising.
In this version, they don’t change with their morphers, they change by believing in themselves by doing something positive.
Alpha 5 looks nothing like the original counterpart. This Alpha has a pot belly, he looks like something off of “Futurama.” Alpha 5 needs to lay off the Happy Meals.
Goldar (Rita’s henchmen from the tv show) looks totally different. They made him look like a monster made of carmel.
The zords look way too organic. The zords from the show are mechanical & robotic similar to Voltron. Did the producers forget to fact check what the zords look like? What a bummer!
Krispy Kreme is heavily involved as an important plot point for Rita to search for a Zeo Crystal. This is played for drama, not a comedy. Dr. Evil’s Big Boy themed rocket from “Austin Powers” was taken more seriously than Krispy Kreme!
Where the heck are Bulk & Skull? The comedy duo from the show! Imagine if C-3PO & R2-D2 didn’t exist in “Star Wars?”
The Final Verdict: D, FOR DIRTBAG!
Do not! I repeat, do not spend your money on this film. If you’re a die hard fan of Power Rangers, you’re gonna be miserable throughout the whole movie. If you want see something better, go see “Logan,” “Kong: Skull Island” or “The Boss Baby.” I highly recommend them.