Sunday, October 29, 2017

Film Review: Power Rangers by Sophia Cynthia Cabral

Action, Sci-fi, Adventure
Release date: March 22, 2017
Companies involved: Lionsgate, Saban Films, TIK Films, Temple Hill Entertainment, Video Cine, Toei Company
Director: Dean Israelite
Starring: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G and Elizabeth Banks
Plot: 5 kids whose fate end up intertwined become the new generation of Power Rangers, to prevent the forces of evil to take over and to protect the rest of humanity since they are the only defense against them. This is the start of the ZEO Generation Power Rangers.
It’s a different take on the loved franchise from the start, with a more active Zordon and a re-design on many of the character’s looks.
The start is already a bit hilarious with the “cow/bull” scene.
I felt this Jason was a wilder man that looked for redemption rather than the calm relaxed guy we have loved & known for ages which is a fresh touch.
For the first time we see the rangers’ parents from the start –at least I don’t remember seeing any parent of a ranger except maybe for Justin the blue ranger that was a kid on turbo- and also we get to see a more realistic school vibe, finally, we just don’t see the lead teens on a too TV show-like environment where we can’t see their inner struggles; since they don’t have any nor do they interact with other students –and if they do it’s not for long- which is a marked difference from the original series and adds a bit of a more relatable approach which it’s a positive point on my book.
Honestly the personality revamp of the protagonists turned me off in some cases, as I mentioned above regarding Jason for example or actually pleased me like Zordon’s more active role and the back-story of him being a ranger instead of just a plan mission giver on a tank.
The music is selection is interesting and fits the moment which is a strong point in my opinion.
The group morphing scene felt a bit too flashy for my taste but it wasn’t awful at least, however the fact that the first single morphing scene was unstable felt like a good point.
All in all it wasn’t a bad reboot but not my cup of tea either. -Sophia Cynthia Cabral

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