Film Review: Power Rangers

by Evan Brown

Rated M. Starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Dacrae Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G. Directed by Dean Israelite.

“It’s Morphin Time!”

Are you ready to take a walk down nostalgia lane? Hollywood has realised that kids that grew up in the 80s and 90s are adults now and they have money (well sort of).  The latest attempt to get into this market is with a remake of our beloved Power Rangers. It’s time to head back to Angel Grove. In case you never grew up with the toys, lunch boxes, costumes, countless television shows and movies in the 90s I’ll bring you up to speed.

The Power Rangers are a group of five teenage superheroes from Angel Grove who protect the universe from the evils that are trying to destroy it. They have special suits and big robots called Zords and these Zords can join together to make one big Megazord. For an eight year-old they were the coolest toys ever and it was the best thing to watch coming home from school. My mother still thinks it’s stupid though.

In the recent remake Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Zach and Billy are back (although a lot less stereotypically racist than the 90s series) and they have been chosen by Zordon (Cranston) to become Power Rangers and to protect Angel Grove from the evil Rita Repulsa (Banks) and her giant monster Goldar. Director Dean Israelite has spent a lot of time making sure he didn’t destroy the things we loved from the original yet still puts a modern and updated spin on the concept.

The Zords are epic, the Pink Ranger is still a babe, Rita is gross and Alpha 5 is still slightly annoying. But there are real and new updates: the Blue Ranger is slightly autistic, the Yellow Ranger is gay, the Pink Ranger is dealing with sexting issues and all of the rangers come from dysfunctional families. These new additions help make this unbelievable storyline a little more believable for 2017. Fans of the original series will be excited to hear such catchphrase as “make my monster grow”, “it’s morphin time” and the original theme song Go Go Power Rangers – all pleasant revisits to our childhood past.

Revisiting our childhood past is something many of us like to do.  There is something warm and rewarding when watching old television shows and movies like Home Alone and revisiting old hobbies like yoyos, skateboarding and chatter rings.  

Something that surprises me when speaking to people about Christianity is that many have a similar response.  It’s usually along the lines of, “I learnt a little bit about Christianity when I was a child but I haven’t put too much thought into it as an adult.” You might align with this thinking yourself. But if you learned something of Jesus growing up – why not revisit and investigate for yourself? Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 1:15:

‘Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.’

This message has been the same for years, because it’s still true and trustworthy. There are some things in our childhood that are worth revisiting. Christianity is one of them.

The Verdict: Power Rangers has been made for one purpose – to cash in on nostalgia.  And for me it worked. Thankfully, this is a good remake that didn’t destroy the memory of my childhood. Now, where’s my Megazord toy? 2.5/5

Power Rangers opens in cinemas worldwide from today.

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