Being a little older than me, at 24 years of age, Power Rangers has been around for a long time, and somehow has managed to survive the decades.
Through countless versions of the show, from space rangers to samurai, it’s the franchise which will never die.
But it’s also been going long enough that even while Power Rangers: Ninja Steel is being brought to a television near you, we also get to enjoy a Power Rangers with a face-lift in Village Films’ latest blockbuster.
The new Power Rangers is actually… good, if you can believe it.
Jason, Trini, Kimberly, Billy, and Zach are all given new life in a remake of the original series, and damn do the new actors do a better job of it.
Despite being a blockbuster, the action isn’t the focus of the movie unlike in the source material.
In the shows, you have a very structured and predictable story formula where the Rangers will fight minions and take on a bigger enemy, lose to that enemy, then regroup and discover a new skill to defeat the enemy, defeat the enemy, the enemy grows in size, bring in the Zords, and then defeat the giant enemy, all separated by character drama and personal development.
It’s a very cut-and-paste way of making a TV show, but hey who am I to argue with what has been obviously working for 24 god damn years.
But what I’m pleased to tell you is that the new Power Rangers look also comes with a new story structure! (New for Power Rangers anyway)
The movie is very much focused on the characters, giving them actors who can actually act and backstories which don’t seem as bland as we’re used to with Power Rangers.
The action was left to the very end, with the movie focusing on the developing relationship between the Rangers, and the characters learning to let their guards down and allow themselves to trust and be a part of the team.
The franchise has always made a point of diversity in their casts, and this movie goes a few steps further with the original characters.
They’ve swapped the race of some of the Rangers around, with one of the Rangers now being autistic and one hinted as being of the LGBT community.
Power Rangers was just a refreshing take on the original series, and with such a low bar to get over, they destroyed the tiny expectations people (including myself) had for this movie.
Now, the biggest wtf moment of the film:
At the beginning they hint at one of Jason’s friends giving a bull a hand job…