Sunday, April 2, 2017

Movie Review: Saban's Power Rangers

So on March 23rd I got to see the movie Saban's Power Rangers in theaters a day before it was released nationwide. All I have to say is that it was EXCELLENT. I had a great time. I went in with almost no expectations. All I wanted was a fun movie with robots fighting monsters, and I got that, but I also got a movie with great characters. I seriously cared about everyone in this film, especially the character Billy Kranston (the Blue Ranger), who I felt was the heart of the whole adventure. 

The story as a whole really resonated with me. A big part of that is that my formative years were the 1990's, and the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers show was a huge part of my after-school curriculum. Regular teenagers gaining phenomenal abilities and technology from an extraterrestrial entity was an amazing premise to me. A little campy, but the traits of strength, leadership, teamwork, and fair play really translated well from the television show to the movie. It's still Power Rangers while being a little bit more adult in its context. The characters all have real world problems that are genuinely relatable while still being part of strange space opera. 

One thing I really enjoyed was the transition of color. The movie starts off in all grey and muted tones but as they progress in their soulic evolution into Rangers, they colors of the film slowly brighten up until we finally have the same bright and vivid comic book like colors from the old television show.

As a whole, the moral or lesson of the movie is somewhat hidden away from plain view, but what I took away from it was to just be yourself and not let your personal issues, fears, or the people around you decide who you want to be. The teens can only become the Rangers once they achieve a certain level of personal enlightenment and can accept themselves and their flaws and realize they can always be better than what is expected of them. 

Excellent film, everyone should give it a watch.