Did the Power Rangers Movie Live Up To All Our Expectations?

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Don’t watch this movie because you liked Power Rangers as a kid. 

Don’t fall into the nostalgia-slutting trap that Hollywood keeps setting, hoping that people will flock by the millions to see franchises they loved as kids brought to the big screen. 

Time after time, our favorite franchises are rebooted into these tried and failed schemes that fail. 

I don’t want anyone encouraging more tragedies such as The Last Airbender and Dragonball Evolution to happen again. They don't do well, and they tarnish my memories.

However, I want more Power Rangers movies. I want movies like this one to be a staple, not a rare gem. 

Go watch this movie because it’s good, and the idea is fun. Use that as your incentive. 

Too many remakes focus on 3 specific things: Nostalgia, explosions and special effects, and fights.

Thankfully, Power Rangers doesn't rely on these three faults. Yes, there are explosions, but they aren't gratuitous, and the nostalgia isn't exploited to the extent that longtime fans cringe.

The fights are mostly at the end, AFTER the story has been told, so it's easier to focus on them.

This movie isn’t perfect, I will admit it has its faults. The story drags on just a bit long, and the final fights aren’t quite as epic as one would hope. 

These are valid concerns that I hope are addressed in sequels (a six-movie arc has already been planned out). But until then, they are overshadowed by the movie’s successes. 

It’s fun, it’s engaging, and it made me excited. It ignited my nostalgia flame a bit, I won’t lie. But what drew me into this movie was its plot. 

(Spoilers: there’s a plot!) 

A plot that’s fleshed out and deepened through real characters instead of trite nonsense and offhand explanations (I’m looking at you Cirque de Freak). 

I started to actually care about each ranger individually. 

The Red Ranger, Jason Scott (played by Dacre Montgomery), wasn’t just a perfect pretty boy. He had real problems that I’m sure people his age could easily relate to. 

The Yellow Ranger (Trini Kwan played by Becky G) struggles with her sexual identity just as millions of teenagers do every day in high school. 

Billy Cranston (played by RJ Cyler) shows a far more realistic depiction of trying to fit in and make friends while autistic. 

Ludi Lin’s portrayal of Zack Taylor, the Black Ranger, showed us a tough and wild man that uses his disregard for safety as a way of dealing with his mother’s approaching death. 

I was a little upset at how Kimberly’s struggles were glossed over a bit, though, almost as an afterthought. At least they got rid of that ridiculous skirt on her armor though. 

By making the characters relatable and the plot existent, instead of begrudgingly acknowledging a nostalgic moment as “pretty cool”, I was hopping up and down in my seat when I saw my favorite moments reborn. 

(Seriously, I got some really dirty looks about my reactions to the Megazord.) 

Another plus, there’s no sappy teenage love angle to groan at. 

I want more remakes to be like this. I want my childhood favorites to be revitalized, not just reanimated and made into a mockery of what I loved. 

This movie didn’t just bring back an old franchise, it breathed new life into it. So I’m looking forward to the next movies, and I’m saying “Go Go Power Rangers”.

aviv and Ilana Lidagoster
Sasha's given name is actually Aleksander. His main interests are gaming, manga, anime, cooking, and Japanese pop culture. He's a Psychology major and English minor and head of the largest Sci-Fi/Anime club at Queens College. He's been writing semi-regularly since the age of 13 and can't wait to write more.
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