‘Power Rangers’ 2017 review: ‘The Breakfast Club’ of superheroes

A jock, a brain, a beauty, a tough guy, an outsider: five teenagers with attitude problems and adjustments must prove themselves to be worthy and strong as a team of superheroes called “Power Rangers”.

A morphinominal reboot of the kids’ franchise that still remains both a guilty pleasure and fan favorite, the film follows these five misfits living in the town of Angel Grove with Jason (Dacre Montgomery) quarterbacking as the Red Ranger, Billy (RJ Cyler) as the Blue Ranger, Kimberly (Naomi Scott) as the Yellow Ranger, Zack (Ludi Lin) as the Black Ranger), with Trini (Becky G) indeed coming out as the Yellow Ranger.  Guided and mentored by Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and Alpha 5, they must learn to overcome their differences and trust one another to keep their loved ones safe from Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks).

Like Zordon, Rita was once a Ranger herself, but became so green with envy, she became envious in using the power of the Zeo Crystal for evil instead of good.  To illustrate, Rita used to be the Green Ranger, with Zordon as Jason’s predecessor.  Now awake and resurrected, the war between Zordon and Rita has been revived with Rita on a mission to resurrect Goldar and get the Zeo Crystal.  It is up to Zordon to help these new Rangers find the power within them as heroes, and may the power protect them in the battle for Angel Grove against Rita.

You know what these “Power Rangers” have in common with both Spider-Man and the Avengers?  They have to be mightier enough to become Earth’s mightiest heroes, for with great power comes greater responsibility.  And they have.

Whether you’re a fan of the original or not, “Power Rangers” do indeed have become the power to morph their way into the A-List of superheroes.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars


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