Saban and Lionsgate’s reboot of Power Rangers is set to hit theatres everywhere on March 24th, but we have our first official review for the upcoming film. The Hollywood Reporter uploaded their take on the Dean Israelite-directed blockbuster… and it sounds kinda positive (?). The upcoming reboot details the origins of the original Power Rangers. This is based on the 1993 “cultural phenomenon,” the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This new project features a wonderful cast including Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa and Bryan Cranston as the team’s mentor, Zordon.
THR had this to say about the film’s screenplay, which was composed by John Gatins:
Screenwriter John Gatins succeeds in effectively distilling the Power Rangers’ sprawling mythology into a manageable scope and dialing back the campy humor and martial arts fixations that characterized the TV series and liberally informed the feature films. The current version instead emphasizes more realistic dramatic situations by imbuing each Ranger with some type of personal issue. Whether they’re dealing with bullying, alienation or peer pressure, these teens are more three-dimensional than their Ranger predecessors, but eventually this repetitive effort to emphasize their relatability becomes so heavy-handed as to appear transparently manipulative. However, some judiciously timed humor, frequently aimed at Billy’s tech obsessions or Zordon’s sarcastically judgmental attitude toward his young proteges, helps curtail the self-consciously jokey tone of the earlier films.
In case that did not sound positive enough, THR concluded their review by saying the following:
Israelite, building on his experience with teen sci-fi feature Project Almanac, orchestrates a vastly more complex array of characters, action set pieces and technical resources for a combined effect that maintains dramatic tension even while teetering on the brink of excess. CGI characters and special effects sequences by Weta Workshop are seamlessly integrated and consistently thrilling.
Well, oh my… Who would have thought this? Of course, there is no reason to get too excited (just yet, at least) as the movie’s official embargo is set to lift tonight. So, could we be looking another Guardians of the Galaxy? What do you guys think of THR’s review? Are you excited for the upcoming Power Rangers reboot?
Update: Reviews from Variety, Indiewire, The Wrap, Forbes and Critical Hit have hit the web. You can check out a few excerpts below.
After 90 minutes of hip and hollow teen banter, woefully generic origin story, and molehill-posing-as-mountain-size triumph (our heroes spend half the film learning how to morph, when all that comes down to is getting their color-coordinated chintzy sci-fi armor suits to snap into place), “Power Rangers” finally uncorks one of those high-flying digital-blitzkrieg action finales that was mocked in “Birdman” as the essence of blockbuster decadence. It is, but to put it in movie-junk-food terms: Just because you know a sequence like this one is bad for you doesn’t mean it’s not fun to watch.
The film is a blast during the few brief moments when it embraces the cartoon craziness that’s made the television show into such a cultural fixture, but it sheepishly backs away from every one of these giddy indulgences as if it’s afraid of getting caught with a hand in the cookie jar; why play the series’ unforgettable theme song (“Go Go, Power Rangers!”) if you’re going to cut it off after just a few bars? If only “Power Rangers” had the courage to put down its mask and work with its audience. It may not be possible to cram a ton of crayons in a butt, but that doesn’t mean we should settle for anonymous photocopies, instead.
The Wrap‘s review:
“Power Rangers” is baloney through and through, but as baloney goes, it’s better than you might expect. It packs enough zing to make you forgive the origin-story clichés. And the predictable save-the-world stuff. And the insanely ubiquitous product placement. (Whatever Krispy Kreme paid to be a plot point in this movie, they got their money’s worth.) This quintet of actors is so empathetic and engaging that they more than hold up the John Hughes end of the movie. And if you’re not seeing this for the acting, then at least you get five brightly-clad heroes driving dinosaur-shaped spaceships that eventually meld into one giant, sword-wielding robot. If that’s what you paid to see, then “Power Rangers” delivers it, dollars to donuts.
As someone with no strong feelings for the Power Rangers franchise (I hated it as a kid and came to appreciate its charms as a parent), this is an interesting attempt to craft a grounded and character-driven adaptation, one that successfully blends genre with larger-than-life superhero spectacle… At its best, Power Rangers is a throwback to the likes of Masters of the Universe and the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. It’s from a time when getting a darker, more serious big-budget feature based on your favorite kid-friendly property, one that felt like a real film, was a rare and splendored thing.
Critical Hit‘s review:
You could be critical of the fact that the movie takes a bit long to get through its “origin story” phase, and that its many bawdy punchlines are going to catch younger audiences off guard, but it’s such an unashamedly fun rollercoaster, that you just can’t help but buy into it. Even the music score by Bryan Tyler, running under the prerequisite trendy pop-rock hits, is an unexpected electro synth delight. It may have its flaws – and I’m sure that hardcore fans may find more than I did – but given its dated source material, Power Ranger is just way better than it really has any right to be in so many different ways. There’s really nothing else I can say, except “Go, go watch Power Rangers!”.
Power Rangers hits theatres everywhere on March 24th.
10 Theater-Worthy Movies To Look Forward To In March
As we say goodbye to February and Oscar season, we look onwards toward March as the summer blockbuster season begins. March is a month loaded with anticipated movies and it has something for everyone – especially genre fans. Next month’s offerings are diverse, ranging from smaller horror-thrillers to long-awaited reboots and sequels. This bode’s well for multiplex’s as audiences have more than once choice at any given weekend. With heavy hitters that will appeal to both kids and adults, March is sure to be a big month at the box office.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect to come out next month in chronological order. Hit Next to continue!