All these bad reviews.... seriously though, how can you take Power Rangers so seriously? The beauty of the series is partly because it didn't take themselves seriously and was able to create such ridiculous storylines for each episode. This film does exactly that but with better special effects.
After a brief and at least somewhat atmospheric prologue, "Power Rangers" opens with a gag about a high school boy accidentally servicing a cow, and this molasses-paced "Power Rangers" reboot never really recovers from there. I can see the argument for remaking this property for a post-"Chronicle" era, but I'm not sure if Krispy Kreme product placement or Elizabeth Banks scenery-chewing were the way to go about it.
If you have to spend $100 million on a Power Rangers movie just for it to be tonally inconsistent and an odd mix between The Breakfast Club and The Dark Knight, you've missed the entire point of the series. A franchise that was nothing more than toddler fodder perfectly accompanied with a sugary bowl of cereal makes for an overblown film that doesn't know what it's supposed to be or who it's supposed to appeal to.
As long as I read reviews, maybe I think this is not for fans of original "Power Rangers" but "Super Sentai." Anyway, Mr. Dean Israelite, thank you very much from Japan for this moving fusion of American coming-of-age film + Japanese Super Sentai.
As the red ranger threw a in-clear-view yellow Chevrolet on top of some enemies before shouting "Sorry, Bumblebee!" while Kanye West's Power played, the words "late-stage capitalism memes" popped into my head.
Refreshingly lame. In this age of grim, edgy adaptations it's sort of nice to see such a sincere, boilerplate blockbuster. It doesn't try to be a 'cool, new' version of the license; this is your daddies Power Rangers.
The only interesting choice is in pacing the film like a Netflix series. Morphin' Time is 100 minutes into the movie, before that is a full length feature about high-school dropouts hangin in a quarry.