Cert: 12A Runtime: 124 mins Director: Dean Isralite Cast: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader and Bryan Cranston
It’s morphin’ time
Power Rangers was a quint essential part of any 90’s kid. Everyone had their own Ranger of choice and even sometimes some people didn’t want to be a particular one. This re-boot so we call it has been in the pipeline for sometime. It’s evident that the film will make money purely on the nostalgic aspect, but it will bring new fans to this famous show. So what is Power Rangers about? We follow five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
After sitting through this overlong cinematic adventure for the titular band of colourful warriors, it’s not completely clear if this was made for the 30-somethings who grew up with the cheesy show or the current generation of pre-teens. Similar in tone and presentation to Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise, this big screen adaptation has a healthy dose of teenage angst (and awkwardness), whirling camera-work and rapid-fire editing, suggesting the new crop of kids are the target audience. On the other hand there’s a tongue-in-cheek campiness that is clearly meant to tug on the nostalgia strings; the goofily choreographed fights, the insanely hammy villain and the on-the-nose metaphors are all handed over from show to movie. It’s hard to see how either demographic is going to walk away wholly satisfied though. A bloated run-time and a lack of action will surely lead to boredom for the young’uns, and the ludicrously long wait to actually see the Power Rangers in full getup could annoy the fans from way back. Waiting until approximately 90 minutes in before the new batch of heroes even suit up, the climax is a CGI flurry of underwhelming baddies, nonsensical action beats and plot contrivances so outlandish they make Vin Diesel films seem as clever as Inception. There’s no doubting the noble intentions of this modern update, and Elizabeth Banks is a blast as Rita Repulsa, however this incarnation of Power Rangers fails to quicken the pulse.