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Film | Mar 6, 2017

Angel Grove Power Rangers Rita Repulsa Saban

The five teenagers with attitude are back!

Oh, what's that? You haven't heard the news? Okay, here's a link to the trailer below. Go watch it and come back here after. I'll wait; I'm an article anyway.

All caught up? Great, let's talk about what it is you just saw because I'm sure you have your questions.

This new Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie (or just simply Power Rangers) is the gritty, sexy, dramatic 2017 reboot of the old Power Rangers franchise that got its start way back in 1993.

As all franchise and world-building movie series begins, we will be taken on a tour of the familiar sights and sounds of Angel Grove. In no particular order, expect to see the following before the teens get their powers:

  • the rangers-to-be wearing clothes that match their eventual ranger color
  • Bulk and Skull bullying one or more of the rangers
  • martial arts

There have been some changes from the North American TV Broadcast though, like how Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) gets to Earth and what brings her here in the first place. Based on the trailer, it also doesn't look like we'll be hearing Zordon (Bryan Cranston) tell Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) to look for "five teenagers with attitude", since the teens seem to have found (or broke in and stole) the Power Coins on their own.

The movie is going for a more serious tone compared to the 1993 series, which is a shame because a lot of elements that made the series what it was relied on how campy and fantastical the concept seemed. While some parts of the series would admittedly sound clunky by today's standards (who purposefully says "Morphin'" nowadays?), an issue that always comes up with reboots like this is how closely you want to stick to the source material. 

There's always a delicate balance between keeping things fresh for modern audiences and pleasing the original fans. And from the looks of things, this movie has but a shallow connection to the original series.

That's not to say that it doesn't build upon other existing teen-oriented material. The trailer also hints at parts that mimic movies like The Breakfast Club and Spider-Man (the one with Tobey Maguire). It's also got all the doom and gloom that seems very fitting in 2017 while still trying to fit in the origin of the Rangers.

Looking past these initial comments, I'm giving the movie the benefit of the doubt. It's just a shame that we probably won't see Elizabeth Banks' version of this:

Power Rangers opens nationwide this March 22.

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