Claudio Says POWER RANGERS Should Make Fans Of The Original Very Happy!

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I’m not going to beat around the bush for this one. I LOVED this new iteration of the Power Rangers! Growing up with the show, I knew how cheesy it could be and how bad the movie could come out. I mean, we had Ivan Ooze last year in X-Men so it could’ve been worse. Instead, I walked out so excited for the franchise and buzzing with people who didn’t think they’d like it. “Power Rangers” stars way too many people so let’s get into what I loved about this film.

I never saw “Project: Almanac”, but I heard middling things about it. However, that director, Dean Israelite, definitely brought a young adult vibe to modernize the story. Let’s face it, had they stuck to the original tone of the show, this could’ve been the cringe fest of a lifetime. The filmmakers were able to tone down the campiness and give old fans and potential new fans something to enjoy. There’s a John Hughes’ “Breakfast Club” theme throughout and it does a great job in getting us to know these kids and their new friendship with each other. Some of the lines are pretty gross, but it wasn’t enough to deter me.

The story is pretty simple and the villain holds no real motivation. There’s a crystal on Earth that would give the wielder enormous power to conquer the universe and Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks, wanted to be that conqueror. Her motivation is never made clear, but for fans of the show you know that she’s just evil. There’s no need for a real reason and although I would’ve liked one, this movie was about the kids. I will say it’s astonishing that Elizabeth Banks was the worst actor in a Power Rangers movie. I think she was still channeling the first season of the show.

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These kids are all going to be people to watch out for. Every kid cast as a ranger gave great performances that weren’t thought possible in this kind of film. The stand out was R.J. Cyler, who plays the Blue Ranger, Billy Cranston. He’s an autistic kid’s hero. He played the character on the spectrum so tastefully and with such passion that the movie shined its most with him on screen. Jason Scott/Red Ranger was a welcomed surprise, played by Dacre Montgomery, because as the school jock, you’d expect him to be your typical jock, but they added depth to him and a real sense of leadership. There’s a scene in the beginning of the movie after his introduction that reels you into his character. With this kind of ensemble movie, not everyone will get their time to shine. I would’ve loved to see more of Ludi Lin’s Zack Taylor/Black Ranger and Becky G’s Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger, but we got enough from them to differentiate them from the other kids. Hopefully, in the next movie they will get more fleshing out. Bryan Cranston was a different take on Zordon, but it worked within the realm of the movie. He’s tougher on the rangers than the original, but Bill Hader’s Alpha 5 is able to balance him out.

I won’t lie and say this movie is for everyone. Some of the campiness can come off “too much.” So, I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t like it. However, I truly believe there is something here for everyone and at the very least, kids will enjoy this. Fans should rejoice in this new remake! The hype for this Power Rangers fan had a huge payoff and I’ll be first in line for the dozen sequels they have planned!

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