Review: Power Ranger (By: Ryan Rocha)

First thing that needs to be said about this movie is….about damn time!

If you are a fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, then you need to be thanking the wonderful people at Saban and Lionsgate for bringing back your childhood memories. It has been 20 years since the last theatrical Power Rangers release, with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, and it couldn’t have been released at a greater time.

To start off with your first question in mind, whether or not you should see this movie, the answer is yes! If you were a fan of the hit series as a youth, then you absolutely should watch this movie. Even if you weren’t that much of a fan, you should still watch it, because who as a child of the 80s or 90s, didn’t want to be a Power Ranger? They were super cool.

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The movie begins with an epic battle scene in prehistoric Earth with the original Power Rangers; and when I say original, I mean before Christ, before the powers landed in Angel Grove. Just in the first 10 minutes of the movie you already get a feel for how the film is going to play out, but you still want to see all of the cool stuff that is going to happen next. Then it fast-forwards to present day where we are introduced to the main cast of the movie. You get to see how the characters come to form a friendship, how they develop their powers, and how they defeat evil once again… kind of like one of the episodes from back in the day.

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This was a cool movie to watch, I was a big fan of the series growing up and I remember watching the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie when they turned into ninja’s and defeated Ivan Ooze. Some cool things about the movie were the few modern day social references and others that you would only get if you watched the show. Bryan Cranston plays floating-head Zordon, and there are a ton of guest appearances, which were great to see. The diversity of the characters kept up with the modern day as well by including an LGBT Ranger and an autistic Ranger. There were a couple of cheesy scenes throughout the movie, but that has to be expected based on its source material. There were also a few questionable scenes that could have been done differently but either way this was still a good movie to watch. The movie had a solid opening weekend and there are already talks of a sequel. Lastly, for the record, if we were ever playing Power Rangers, I was the Red Ranger, he had all the cool stuff and he had Tyrannosaurus Dinozord. Pow!


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