Power Rangers brings back a ton of nostalgia for my generation. As a 90’s kid, Power Rangers was always a big part of after school and Saturday mornings for me. There have been a lot of rumblings concerning this film as to how it would be received by a mass audience. However, I believe that it was a step in the right direction for this film and possibly a franchise.
The best thing that this film had going for it was that the producers cast unknown actors and actresses to play the main characters. While there were some veteran actors in the film they were not the focus. I really like seeing new actors and actresses get a chance to bring something fresh to the screen. The villain casting was another great decision. Elizabeth Banks played the villain Rita Repulsa which is a new and very different type of role for her. She did an excellent job in this role. However, I wish we had gotten to see a little more of this character and her backstory to see why she became a villain.
The plot seems to be rushed at multiple points in this film. In addition, if you have no idea about the lore of the past TV shows you may be a bit lost. Also, it has stepped away from its martial arts roots and it is more in the realm of teen superheroes. The material arts are the big thing that I miss through the film.
Power Rangers is a bit rushed and seems to just assume that the audience has seen the past installments of these characters. However, it is a beautiful looking film and has some good acting and action when the time comes. This might be one to see at home and skip the theater. Cinema Wise gives Power Rangers a 2.5 out of 5.