Go! Go Watch the Mighty new Power Rangers Movie
By R. Ray Robinson Staff
If you are a 90s baby like myself, you may have loved the “Mighty Morphing Power Rangers” show. From the superhero suits, action, to the “morphing time” catchphrase, I had to catch the new film.
“Power Rangers” is a sci-fi, fantasy superhero film directed by Dean Israelite and based on the characters from Saban Entertainment. The opening attacks the audience with a dying alien race fighting off their arch-nemesis, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Rita wants the powerful Zeo Crystals to create a golden army to conquer all. Before she steals them, the leader of the dying race known as Zordon (Bryan Cranston) sets the stone’s coordinates to planet earth. He buries them in the Angel Grove Mountains in hopes of warriors finding and unleashing the stones energy to defeat Rita.
Instead, five unlikely teenagers known as Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Billy (RJ Cyler), Trini (Becky G), and Zack (Ludi Lin) uncover the stones together. They later find underground headquarters where Zordon and his assistant Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) stay, to train the teens in order to defeat Rita and her golden army by morphing into the Power Rangers.
The story was character driven, as all the performances were wonderful. Bill Hader brought wittiness and a less panicky tone to Alpha 5 when yelling, “Eye, yi-yi-yi-yi.” Bryan Cranston demands applause for his wise man role of Zordon by breaking the bad out of red ranger Jason’s rebelliousness to shift him into a turbulent leader guiding the rangers to victory. Although Elizabeth’s version of Rita was great, she seems sexier compared to Machiko Soga’s goofy-scary portrayal of Rita in the original series. The heart and soul of the film was blue ranger Billy played by RJ Cyler. Despite being autistic, Billy’s intelligence and friendly spirit helped his team find their inner-superhero might to face off against Rita.
Despite many critics wanting a mature reboot, the movie did a great job appealing to both veteran and new generation viewers. There was a new version of the “Go! Go! Power Rangers” theme song, a new super suits and a MegaZorg that fought against Rita’s golden giant, and guest appearances from some of the original actors from the 90s T.V. show.
“Power Rangers” stays true to the original series by showing unlikely strangers join together to become five fearless fellows fighting for freedom. “Go! Go watch the mighty new Power Rangers movie.