“Saban’s Power Rangers” (2017)
Directed by Dean Israelite
Running Time 124 Minutes, Rated PG-13
4 Mitch’s out of 5
Two sides of a coin. I was just lamenting about the other film opening this week how “Life” is too much a carbon copy of “Alien”, but the very next film I saw, “Saban’s Power Rangers” is no more than a “Breakfast Club” but with kids who get superpowers, and I loved it. Feels weird to type, but I really did love this Power Rangers movie. I’m not even the target audience although I noticed some who were in the theater, and they were enjoying it even more. Maybe not as ‘camp’ as its Saturday morning predecessors, but it’s just the right amount of corny because the casting of the kids is so good. I almost cried during the yellow ranger’s monologue. That shouldn’t happen.
I’m not gonna go much into the plot. Five kids get powers, Might Morphin Power Ranger powers, but it takes time to learn how to use them because they have to learn how to both get to know each other and especially themselves. Told you it was corny, but it’s also fun, as a film about being able to be special should be. The writing is both touching and has some good one-liners. The lead, Dacre Montgomery who was made in the Zac Efron cloning tank is spunky as the Emilio Estevez type from “Breakfast Club”, and I think it’s actually really cool that they gave the Blue Ranger Billy (RJ Cyler) aspergers. I think the fact that it was handled very well without being shoved down our throat as a PSA is pretty uplifting. Throw in Bryan Cranston and a very hammy Elizabeth Banks, and baby you got yourself a good movie stew.
This is one of those films I’ll eventually take my kids to rolling my eyes but come out gushing over it more then them.