Saban's Power Rangers (2017)
Critic Consensus: Power Rangers has neither the campy fun of its TV predecessor nor the blockbuster action of its cinematic superhero competitors, and sadly never quite manages to shift into turbo for some good old-fashioned morphin time.
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as Jason Lee Scott/The Red Ranger
as Kimberly Hart/The Pink Ranger
as Billy Cranston/The Blue Ranger
as Trini Kwan/The Yellow Ranger
as Zack Taylor/The Black Ranger
as Alpha 5
as Rita Repulsa
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Critic Reviews for Saban's Power Rangers
As cash grabs go, this one is delightfully unconcerned with coolness, neither shying away from its chintzy roots nor ironically embracing them.
What this Power Rangers does -- unlike the show -- is explore the complexities of our core team: They're imperfect but perfect enough to be selfless and save the world.
A winning and cartoonish coming-of-age tale about supermodel-pretty misfit kids bonding in the belly of an alien spaceship.
Overall, "Power Rangers" is a sometimes funny but flawed movie full of the action that most people who want to see movies like this crave.
Ultimately, this is a kids'-property superhero movie about teens getting power from ancient aliens and battling someone named Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks, taking large bites of the scenery). The filmmakers do not forget to have fun with it.
Audience Reviews for Saban's Power Rangers
Saban's Power Rangers was directed by Dean Isrealite (Project Almanac). When five teenagers discover an ancient power deep within a mine, they are tasked with using newfound abilities to defend the Earth from a resurrected evil. I wasn't the biggest Power Rangers junkie growing up, but I did watch some of the old show and played with my blue and green rangers, so I know a little about Saban's lore. The concept of the Power Rangers is simple: join forces and defeat evil monsters. When the movie reached its third act, that's exactly what it had in store. However, it was the two acts before the action that had me the most invested. Each of the five rangers had a unique personality and gained depth as the movie progressed. The standout performance was the blue ranger, played by R.J. Cyler. It can't be easy portraying a man with autism, but Cyler pulled it off in tasteful fashion. The interactions and relationships between these strangers-turned-partners went through the expected twists and turns, and the chemistry really worked. Bryan Cranston's portrayal of Zordon, an ancient being embedded in a ship and acting as the rangers' mentor, was surprisingly good for a face in a wall! While the majority of this movie was trying to be grounded and somewhat gritty, Elizabeth Banks' role as the evil Rita Repulsa was straight out of the 90's show. I typically enjoy Banks' acting, but she really delivered the cheese this time around. This was symbolic of the main issue with the movie: tone shifts. Scenes jumped from sci-fi to action to drama all too often, which was incredibly jarring to watch. I liked most scenes by themselves, but they just didn't mix well together, reducing the overall effect of the movie. In the end, Saban's Power Rangers was everything I was hoping it would be - fun. The script isn't perfect, the run time is a little long, and the tone - especially from Banks - wasn't always fitting. However, this served as a great guilty pleasure. If you like those movies, go, go to a theater and enjoy!
While it may not truly be for the casual moviegoer, Saban's Power Rangers offers more than enough action and fun to compensate for its semi-cheesy concept. With a surprisingly good amount of invested characters and solid sequences involving its titular ensemble, the film is sure to appease and maybe even surpass expectations for those who are faithful to the angsty-teenage-superhero-group. 4/5
It has been almost 20 years since the last Power Rangers movie and again, they screwed up a big comeback for the Power Rangers. Morphing time has never been this terrible and boring to watch. Skip this one and wait another 20 years for another shot.
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