I honestly don’t know if this movie wants to be taken seriously, or purposely taken as a joke. Point blank, this movie is trash. But like…trash I kind of want everyone to see.
Really though, this is a movie people should just buy a ticket for whether they want to see or or not. Get a Power Rangers then go watch something else if you want. But a major franchise with such a diverse cast is a movie that deserves your money. Either way I would have paid to see this because of Ludi Lin, the Asian actor who plays Zach – the black ranger. That and one of the rangers is LGBT+. If that wasn’t enough, the movie even explores living a normal life with Autism. So yeah, representation wise – a pretty good movie to spend your money on.
Now lets talk about what an absolute train wreck this movie was. The thing is, I legitimately cannot tell whether or not they made it that way on purpose. If only to question how audiences bought into the Power Rangers when they first came out. Even though the movie is set in present day. everything about it screams 90s cheese. The acting, the effects, all of it. Even the soundtrack – they just chose the absolute cheesiest songs for certain beats throughout the movie.
Honestly, every single scene of this movie will be at the top of the r/cringe subreddit within the next year. But also, I kind of want to convince everyone to see this movie – if only for the to understand how weirdly bad it is.
The camerawork is so strange. They have the strangest POV shots, and more dutch tilts than any single action movie should have. They also make it a point to show people that the some of the scenes were shot handheld. Like…everything is find and then the camera just starts violently shaking out of nowhere.
Also, I was very into Elizabeth Banks in this movie. Elizabeth Banks playing any lunatic character is just what I want to see all day every day honestly. Although, Rita Repulsa’s demeanor was oddly sexual throughout the entire movie which was weird – but I wasn’t opposed to it. Also, I don’t know if she was involved with producing the movie at all, but there was one scene that was basically a combination of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2’s earnest lets-all-be-friends scenes.
In terms of nostalgia, you don’t really get any of it until pretty late into the movie. But I’m glad they didn’t go the route of something like Ghostbusters, where they got someone else to come in and cover the theme song. There are also a few nods to the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, which was cool. Also, the way that their main problem is solved in this movie is the hardest I’ve laughed in a theater in a long, long time. It was probably the one this about this movie that was actually unpredictable.
Basically, everything about this is bad. But also if you grew up watching Power Rangers, you almost won’t care once you remember how cringeworthy the original actually is. Also, it’s just something you should see so that you understand the amount of cheese that a movie is able to fit in its runtime when they have a budget of $105M.
If anything, you should just watch this movie to tell me that the guy who plays the red ranger is not some strange lovechild of a young Freddie Prinze Jr. and James Van Der Beek.