Saban's Power Rangers Meatball Movie Review

March 24, 2017

Go Go Power Rangers! The anticipated reboot of the "Power Rangers" is finally here and it is filled with a new attitude, depper characters, amazing CGI and doesn't drift too far from the source material.

It will be weird when you look at the big screen and see the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a big budget box office movie provided with big screen effects like Bryan Cranston gigantic CGI face and unmistakable voice barking orders and mentoring this new team. But the new "Power Rangers" film works.

This film is a true reboot - reimagined and recast story. Infact Franchise honcho Haim Saban recently said that he has five sequels in mind. So this is an origins film that helps establish a bigger universe that is on the way. (insert the mid-credit scene that hints at a certain character coming soon)

Incase you don't know the heroes are small-town teenagers who are given powers by ancient alien artifacts and mentored by Zordon (Cranston) to battle the evil Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Rita is chasing an ancient crystal that will give her the power to destroy the Earth.

But here is a surprise for parents or doubters, this isn't just a kids movie. This is a very well-made movie with strong characters, enjoyable action, a few topical issues thrown in and a fun film from start to finish. Sure it might take a while for any morphing to happen or megazord to appear and when it starts you might feel like you are watching a reboot of The Breakfast Club but it pulls you in and grabs a hold of you immediately.

The interesting cinematic technique like an extended, continues take that conveys the chaos of a car chase beautifuly will have you on the edge of your seat. Along with interesting editing and a very imaginative cinematography makes this film a fun and refreshing take on a kids property.

The characters are deeper than any other adoptation of the Power Rangers we have ever seen. Backstories are explored, giving each one of them a true reason to feel alienated and establish their bond and growth to become a Power Rangers family. Amazing also is that this cast of mostly unknown actors is up to the challenge of bringing these characters to life.

Jason (Dacre Montgomery) does a great job as the leader, Kimberly (Naomi Scott) couldn't have been a better replacement to the true Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson, Billy (RJ Cyler) will steal the show as he represents a teenager on the autism spectrum but his potrayal will truly warm your heart and steal every scene with his timing, Zack (Ludi Lin) and Trini (Becky G.) are perfect as the Black and Yellow Rangers.

At the end of the day this is a kids film about Five Super Heros battling an evil Rita Repulsa who wants to destroy the Earth. The film makers understand this and have fun in the process of making this film. I give the film 4 out of 5 Meatballs. You will have a blast enjoying this movie while knowing someone took one of your favourite Childhood T.V. Shows and took it serious or as serious as you can take a super hero film.


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