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.
2.3 stars. I thought it was going to be utterly dire, resenting being made to watch it when I had been promised 'mother!', but it was serviceable entertainment that only made me wince when I remembered how much money was spent on it. I appreciated that Kim had to be redeemed from genuinely fucked behaviour (assault and spreading probable child pornography!) though it was somewhat hand-waved away. Good aspie rep too.
Among some great parts, like the intro scene, the following crash and early Rita scenes, there's some terrible aspects, like the worst CGI in a film of this budget in the last 10 years. More talkin' than morphin', there's barely any action until it plays every card it has in the last 20 minutes, where they finally fight a real threat. Should've left Billy dead, that would've been bold.