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GO GO POWER RANGERS!!! (spoiler free!! review)

By Corey Floyd


In 1992, there was a Japanese series called Super Sentai or Zyurangers that everyone enjoyed. The decision was made to adapt it for American audiences. The Saban production company decided to give it a name similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by better. 

They presented American audiences with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Teenagers with attitude and token 90’s flair and stereotypes they hit our Saturday morning cartoons like a hurricane. They have been going strong for 24 seasons here with toys video games and 2 movies and then 2015 happened. In February of 2015, 

A short film by Joseph Kahn hit YouTube. It was a Dark Reboot that was really good and too raw for children. (check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw5vcUPyL90&t=9s ) But it got people talking and a few months later they announced a reboot movie. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was made for 100 million dollars and is making it back and some. 

The ranger cast consists very young actors with very little on their IMDB only one worth mentioning is Ludi Lin who plays Zack was recently in the ill-fated Netflix original Marco Polo. But their supporting cast is top notch. Bryan Cranston plays Zordon the Head in charge of the whole Power Ranger operation. It further proves that this man has no problem playing second fiddle to kids.

 His second in command is a quirky little robot called Alpha 5 and he is voiced by Bill Hader. This Gentleman is a Saturday Night Live alumnus famous for his impersonations and sound effects. He is responsible for the Sounds of BB8 in the Star Wars franchise.

 Our villain is Rita Repulsa and she is played by Elizabeth Banks.

 To say she is a hard-working actor would be an understatement. She written, produced, directed, and starred in some of the Hollywood's most lovable movies over the last few years. You were laughing at her in Zack and Miri make a Porno or you wanted her to fall in love with Emmett in The Lego Movie and now she green mean and a total badass.

 I will not give you details on this film but there is a good chemistry as well as an origin story. They play around with their pg-13 rating to get laughs from everyone. There is just enough cheesiness in the film to make you feel all nostalgic for Saturday morning cartoons as well as starting a new adventure for the new generation. There was a lot of talk about this being a dark reboot. It wasn’t it’s 2017 and for some of us, it’s not all sunshine & rainbows especially if you’re a superhero. It wasn’t “dark” it was real. Don’t be surprised to see them coming back to your theater soon.


Final Grade A-

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