Power Rangers is available in: English on Netflix Canada
In theory, the heroes are high school students. But they’re actually a Disney Channel-styled fantasy of the splendors that await kids when they finally become full-fledged teenagers and can Do Whatever They Want. These heroes are misfits. They gather in detention in their high school, a scenario that promises to turn into “The Mighty Morphin Breakfast Club Rangers.” Lo and behold, that’s what you get: a mix of shenanigans, heart-to-heart talks and widescreen punch-outs between monster battles.
REVIEW FROM ROGER EBERT.
Make no mistake, it is indeed a silly and simple plot, teenage wet dream, stupid and illogical kind of story that you would expect. However, it was actually mildly fun to watch. Most of my enjoyment came from the special effects and action sequences of course. The dialog and behavior of the teenage heroes were as stereotyped and generally awful as one would expect.
This of course means that the first half of the movie is less interesting than the second half when the action picks up. Actually, although there are some fun moments during “training”, I felt this entire idea of them not being able to use their powers before they had gotten into the right “mental state” to prove that they were actually Power Rangers was just a rubbish one.
Once things started to pick up speed it became more interesting. The different means of transport of the Power Rangers was absolutely silly but still great fun to watch.
Well, I really do not have that much more to say. The last parts of the movie was one big special effects feast with a few comic elements in it, most of them rather … teenage. Fun to watch for a science fiction geek like me.
So, the verdict? Was it a fun movie to watch? Yeah, it was pretty okay. Was it a good movie? Well, that is probably stretching it.
_Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._
It was one of those films known that it would fail even before being made. I’ve rated the rebooted ‘Fantastic Four’ better than this. I am not a ‘Power Rangers’ fan, but I was looking forward to it. Expected to be a decent, not this low. The major issue with the film was the story. What the heck! All the superhero films have this same platform. That’s really boring. Even that’s how the real ‘Power Rangers’ is, does not matter, it should have been re-wrote completely. Just like they had updated the costumes from cloths to metal armours.
As usual, the actors are not to be blamed. Those young guys did good. Direction, not bad too. The graphic, nothing new or that impressive. If we observe closely all the CGI shot, they do not look fine, especially if you know all this stuff like an animator or something. The villain was weak. But the entire film was like just an introduction. They had held up everything till the last quarters to bring all together and make a massive stand off between the good and the bad.
Maybe it could work for kids. Those who liked Marvel and DC superhero films would only find it a trash. The best thing about the film is, it is watchable, despite everything are familiar and predictable. I’m not in favour of a sequel, but surely they will make one. And that’s result would decide the franchise’s future, which I think has a slim chance against those superhero films that already bagged the large sum of fans to its pocket. As I said, the remaining one are children, who are upcoming generation. So if the filmmakers target them, even the adults would sit quiet and watch without whining.
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|Power Rangers (2017)|
|Rating: 6.1/10 (71,012 votes)
Director: Dean Israelite
Writer: John Gatins (screenplay by) Matt Sazama (story by) Burk Sharpless (story by) Michele Mulroney (story by) Kieran Mulroney (story by) Haim Saban (based upon "Power Rangers" created by)
Stars: Dacre Montgomery Naomi Scott RJ Cyler Ludi Lin
Runtime: 124 min
Genre: Action Adventure Sci-Fi
Released: 24 Mar 2017
|Plot: A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.|