Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
The phrase I would use to describe the remake of Saban’s Power Rangers would be “surprisingly not awful.” By that I mean I had some pretty low expectations going into this movie and for the most part I was pleasantly surprised. It is hardly the disaster that it could have been and for the most part it was not.
Our new heroes are all brought together as they struggle with high school life and the mistakes they have all made. I will say that the problems that the kids deal with in the movie are problems that actual high school kids might have. However some of the things that they say are not normal for high school aged kids. That of course is going off the over the top screenplay that this film has.
The five young actors in this movie for the most part do a good job. With them the film takes a very serious tone which is fine but it clashes with the performance of Elizabeth Banks as the villain Rita Repulsa (yes that is her actual name.) Her performance would have been more suitable in the tv series rather than in this film adaptation which was more serious from the start.
Most of this film is pretty grounded and I found it rather enjoyable but as the film heads towards its climax it lost some steam. I lost some enthusiasm with it and it really tends to be where the tones clash the most. It sort of became a jumbled mess towards the end but all facets of Power Rangers seem to somehow work out in the end.
Also this movie has the most ridiculous product placement I have ever seen. I have no idea what Krispy Kreme Doughnuts paid to be a part of this film, but they more than got their money’s worth.