“Power Rangers”: Power Rangers Assemble

"Power Rangers" movie poster Photo credit: Hernan Bueno

By Hernan Bueno ’18

Power Rangers is a remake of a show from the 1990’s. The movie is based on five teenagers: Billy, Kimberly, Jason, Zack, and Trini. They all attend Angel Grove High, but do not unite until they all coincidentally meet by a canyon. Billy, on a search for something cool, blew up part of the canyon. Everyone impacted by the explosion gathered to see what had happened and noticed that the exposed rock contained five gems. The teens all then end up finding out that they are the Power Rangers. There’s an oncoming threat to their town,  and it’s up to them to train and live up to the previous Power Rangers.

Most people who went to watch “Power Rangers” went in expecting a lot in terms of how it would compare to the original TV show. The most obvious difference is in the advancement of technology. The original show ran from 1993 to 1999, so a lot of the explosions, costumes, and action scenes were so bad that it was actually funny and often the cause of many jokes. Now that technology in film has gotten better, all of those aspects have been improved; however, the quality of the original is what drew in many loyal fans, and it caused the modern Power Rangers to seem less familiar to those who grew up with the original cast. There were enough similarities to make the movie recognizable, but also many differences that allowed it to stand out. Within the movie, there is also a part that all original fans will love, but that cannot be revealed. If you are interested in what it is, you have to see the movie.

The biggest difference that came up caused a lot of controversy before the movie came out, and it was the fact that one of the Power Rangers comes out as gay during the movie. Some people were upset because they did not think it was the right addition to make since none of the original Power Rangers were gay. Some superhero fanatics were also upset because this would mean that the “Power Rangers” will be the first superhero film featuring a gay superhero. On the other hand, some people were happy that movies are finally beginning to embrace homosexuality and create a more supportive environment for young teens who are afraid of coming out.

If you are looking for a good corny movie, this is the movie for you. It is a movie that is full of funny, corny, and heart-warming moments. Each character struggles in a way that is relatable and allows the audience to connect to them. The filming itself is well done and well paced. It is at times cliche and exaggerated, but that is outweighed by the deeper elements hidden in film. The film addresses serious topics such as bullying, acceptance, disorders, homosexuality, and sickness but manages to balance them well with jokes and action.

  • Science Fiction/ Action movie
  • Rated Pg-13
  • Two hours and 4 minutes long
  • 46% on Rotten Tomatoes