Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, David Denman.
Director: Dean Israelite
Screenplay: John Gatins
It's morphin' time! The Power Rangers are back in a rather more rounded package than I expected. Was this a film to rival current superhero movies, no. Was this a film that brings depth to a fun time 90s TV show, not quite. But this film is here and it almost says what it means to say, and that is exciting. This is about a team of misfits that have been thrown together to save the world and universe from destruction; heavy. This is a team of different people, different teenagers from different walks of life and that is something to be excited for.
You have the jock Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery), the smart one Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler), the rebel Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), The misunderstood loner Trini (Becky G), and the energetic wise guy Zack Taylor (Ludi Lin). Apart they all have their problems but together they make a great Power Rangers team as they learn to work as a unit and as friends. So yes a super cheese fest that is so on the nose it should be vomit worthy however the optimism that pours from this film is slightly intoxicating...
It works on the surface level that most after school specials do; there are issues that affect a certain individual, it is brought to the attention to the group or friend, it is discussed briefly with an air of sympathy which now means we can move past it. These issues come in the form of the Aspergers spectrum, sexuality, dying mum, and being a bad friend (this one I don't agree with, it was handled rather badly...just, no try a more simple or classic form of rebellion to make your point about Kimberly). It is surface but this is targeted to teenagers and talking about these issues can really connect to a kid that is struggling with it; to know you are not alone is a powerful thing. And finally the diversity of ethnicity in the cast is a true blessing to see, to have different faces being shown as strong superheroes is never something to throw stones at.
The plot is basic from the joining of our heroes, to discovering their powers and their mission, to a training montage, to failed attempt at mission, to finally succeeding as a team. But I appreciate the plot being so rudimentary as it allows the story to focus on the bonding of the team rather than Earth's destruction. And the best of all it feels like a TV plot and that is freaking rad.