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Power Rangers (No spoilers)

Posted: March 27, 2017 in Movies
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The rebooted Power Rangers is finally here and I happy to say that the film is good. I was pleasntly surprised by how well the film turned out. It becomes clear from the start that director Dead Israelite, writer John Gatins and the films cast put a lot of care and effort into the making of the movie. Is it perfect? Of course not. It’s arguably 20 minutes too long and it does take a while to get to the actual Power Rangers but the build up was warranted and if the film does get a sequel it will be allowed to the hit the ground running now that all of the world building is out of the way.

Power Rangers is based on the 1990’s kid’s show which was a phenomenon back in the day. The show told the story of five teenagers chosen by fate to become the Power Rangers, a cosmic force of good who must stand in the way of the evil Rita Repulsa and her minions who are dead set on Earths destruction. The plot of the movie is the same with a few twists thrown in, which as a fan of the original show I appreciated. For example the villian Rita is given a revamped mythology which in my opinion not only works great but feels more organic than that of her TV counterpart.

All of the Rangers are likeable and I appreciate that this could not have been no easy task to cast not one or two but five likeable young actors as these iconic characters. It helps that Darce Montgomery (Jason), Naomi Scott (Kimberly), RJ Cyler (Billy), Ludi Lin (Zack)and Becky G (Trini) are relatively unknown and have great chemistry together. Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks could have easily just collected a paycheck but both commit to their roles as Ranger mentor Zordon and villain Rita. Espechially Banks. She’s one of the best actresses out there at the moment and she nails what could not have been an easy role to play (Rita could so easily have come off overly camp). She’s great in the movie and as I said her new rebooted mythology is great. I loved that.

The film has heart, sure some of it’s themes can be on the nose at times but the messages of friendship, togetherness and inner strength come from a good place and it’s nice to see a movie not be so shy of embracing some positivity. There’s a difference between being slightly on the nose and downright cheesy and I felt the tone of the film did well in that regard. It’s not afraid to be a little self aware either but to the films credit it never once crosses the line of looking down upon or making fun of it’s source material.

Action wise the film is surprisingly not action packed but what action there is is well shot and easy to follow which I always appreciate. Power Rangers wouldn’t be the same without the Zords and the film delivers on that front with a great battle sequence. Goldar didn’t even bother me, at first I wasn’t sold on his new look but his role in the film makes sense from a story point of view and I ended up being okay with it. The film has a good score that focuses on the stronger sci-fi edge the movie has. I would be lying if I said I missed the pounding rock tunes that came with the televison series but I understood this reboot is carving out it’s own indentity.

There is enough in Power Rangers to keep both long time fans and newcomers entertained. After seeing the film I found myself thinking about it and the more I did the more I realised just how good of a job the tead behind it did.

First clip from Power Rangers!

Posted: March 8, 2017 in Movies
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This clip, I like the tone and the look of ship and that but …it’s not much to go on. That’s cool. It’s only a short clip. I just wish there was some advance word of mouth on what this film is. Is it a kids movie? Is it for all ages? Does it aim to please long term fans and welcome new ones? The first teaser trailer for Power Rangers looked like a cross between Chronicle and Power Rangers. Each trailer after that hasn’t been as good and to be honest I am not digging the look of the bad guys at all. The effects look great but the art direction on Goldar and the Putties looks…not as iconic as in the show.  Maybe in the film that won’t be the case and the trailers simply have not been showing them enough?

Not long to go now until you can see Power Rangers in cinemas. The film hits screens March 24th. Apparently there’s a review embargo up until the 20th and that’s promising because normally if the embargo is say…the day before or (worse) the day of release it usually means the film is a stinker. Let’s hope Power Rangers delivers!

Damn that first teaser trailer was TOO good because for me this full theatrical trailer isn’t as good. That sounds nuts I know. You get to see WAY more action, the Zords, Alpha, Zordon, Rita, GOLDAR! THE MEGAZORD!! – but something just seemed…off. I can not put my finger on it. Anyway it’s my issue and not the films because everything looks good to me on a base level. I was a bit worried how the Rangers would look and the Zords but the effects look decent enough so that’s a big plus and if the film is good well that’s the most important thing.

Actually I think I know what my issue is with the trailer. It’s the missing GO! GO! theme. If I’d have been cutting this trailer and in charge of marketing I’d have had ” GO! GO! POWER RANGERS!!” booming all the way through this trailer. Missed opportunity in my useless opinion!

Power Rangers opens up March 24th.

Alpha 5 is ALIVE!!!

Posted: November 30, 2016 in Movies
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Check out Alpha 5’s radical (but still somewhat iconic) look for the new Power Rangers movie. I love the heck out of this. I think it nails this more “these are alien like/otherworldy” beings tone the movie seems to be going for. Of course we’ll have to wait to see the little guy in action but he could be a real standout from the movie.

Bill Hader was announced earlier in the year as the voice actor for Alpha.

What do you guys think? Are you happy with his updated look or would you have preferred his more classic robotic look?

Power Rangers hits cinemas next March!

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1997 was the year the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers changed from Zeo and shifted into TURBO! In the second movie the Rangers have to set out on a worldwide adventure and save an alien wizard from space pirates!

I said I would and I have and so here is my review of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. To be honest it’s not too bad. Look, this is a movie that takes place within the canon of the show (unlike the first film) and is aimed at that fan base. Kids. At best Turbo is an okay-ish adventure movie that introduces a new set of ‘Turbo’ powers, a new nemesis in the form of the cartoonish Divatox (funnily enough the new re-design of Rita in 2017’s Power Ranger movie kind of looks similar to Divatox! Haha) and two great extended cameos from original Rangers Jason and Kimberly (the original Red and Pink Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

I was 14 when Turbo was released and at this stage in my life I wasn’t tuning into the Power Rangers. I’d outgrew it. I’d tried to watch Zeo (boss opening theme!!) but Power Rangers just wasn’t Power Rangers anymore as far as I was concerned. My favourites had bid farewell to the show and to Zordon and Alpha 5 so there was little reason to stick around. During French class this other kid told me he’d seen the new Power Rangers movie while we were discussing movies (probably Scream 2! Haha) and he mentioned Jason and Kimberly where in it so I knew I’d have to see it. Eventually.

At it’s worse Turbo is a feature length TV episode in the form of a movie. This is probably why fans and audiences didn’t show up for Turbo. It never got the push the original movie had, in 1997 Power Rangers was not what it was in 1995 and if you look at the team in the movie it’s devoid of classic Rangers. That’s probably why the filmmakers asked Austin St. John and Amy Jo Johnson to come back. By the time Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had become Turbo fans had sad goodbye to Zack, Trini, Billy, Jason, Kimberly and Aisha. Rocky is written out of the team in the opening for crying out loud! Maybe the actor wanted to leave or the producers felt they needed to add a kid to the team but it just further pushes the team away from what they were into something different and I don’t think necessarily good.

Jason David Frank as Tommy is the one last link to the original Rangers and his short interactions with Jason and Kimberly are good but make you wish the entire old crew were still running around together. Ironically it’s Jason and Kimberly who get stuck into the action more than most of the Turbo Rangers in the films last act despite no longer being Rangers. There is a decent fight on a ghost ship (this film is nuts) but it serves to mostly allow Tommy and the woefully underused Adam (Johnny Yong Bosch) to show off their serious fighting skills. Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy return as Bulk and Skull and smartly their scenes are mostly linked to Jason and Kimberly which only helps to bring home the shades of the original ensemble.

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie isn’t a great film. It’s hard to recommend it even to big fans of the original show but it’s probably not as bad as you’ve been led to believe either. I’ve seen worse; a lot worse and as a final hurrah for Jason, Kimberly, Tommy (all of the Rangers would shortly leave the show after this movie), Zordon, Alpha, Bulk & Skull it’s not the worse way to go out.

 

Power Rangers teaser trailer!

Posted: October 8, 2016 in Movies
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It’s here! Finally. Well what to say? It’s a teaser for sure. Very little footage, in fact literally a tease, is shown of what makes Power Rangers what it is. I like that. This teaser focused on the characters and gave us just enough of a glimpse into who they are before they’re the Rangers. Rita looks way more threatening than she ever did in the show.

“I’ve killed Rangers before” Whoa. Steady now. No one has to die here! Haha. The standout for me here though is the gradual momentum of that famous score we all know and love. It’s a decent teaser. Still way too early to tell how this movie will turn out but I’m digging the Breakfast Club meets Chronicle vibe. Just give me a good movie that’s fun, has likeable characters and some great action. I believe in you Power Rangers 2017.

Power Rangers will be hitting cinemas next March.

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Bryan – Breaking Bad – Cranston returns to his roots with the announcement that the acclaimed actor will be lending his voice (and head?) to the Power Rangers movie. Cranston actually started his career doing the odd bit of dubbing work with one of his first bits being providing the voice for one or two of the villains in the original 90’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series.

I love this news. Cranston is a tremendous talent and the guy could have easily turned his nose up at this. “Power Rangers? No way. I’m so beyond that” or something like that. He hasn’t and the fact he never said “no” makes me feel confident this adaptation has some weight to it beyond a cheap nostalgia cash in.

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The first teaser poster dropped recently too. I love the simple design with the silhouettes of the team and the Power Rangers logo up in the stars. The fact it is so simple (love that tagline) makes it stand out more. No crazy Zord pose or focusing on the suits. Nope. Just the bare bones team. Get hype.

Power Rangers will hit cinema screens March 2017.

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Check out this amaze variant cover for BOOM Studio’s limited series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1

This is a limited series that is a spin off from Boom’s current Mighty Morphin Power Rangers ongoing series. Have any of you read it? The word of mouth is fantastic and I can’t wait to check it out but I am waiting on the trades to come out so it’s gonna be a little while yet before I get to see what all the fuss is about!

I think it’s brilliant that this new Power Rangers series is focusing on the original team. It has a ton of nostalgia factor around it but the fact it’s meant to be very good is the best part. With a new movie due out next year it’s like the mid 90’s all over again 🙂

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1 is available now.

Power Rangers revealed!

Posted: May 6, 2016 in Movies
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Look at them! Wow. I love the new Ranger suits. I had a feeling they would be different but I was thinking they’d cop out and go all Robocop and have something that moved away from what made the characters stand out in the first place. They never. They’ve kept the colour and the overall looks but gave the costumes an edge with a more combat ready style.

Entertainment Weekly provided the above image and they have been doing great with the reveals from the new movie. First up we had the cast, then last month we got the Rita reveal and now the suits! I wonder if they’ll show off the Zords next month? That would be great.

So far I’m liking what I’m seeing from Power Rangers. The filmmakers are clearly showing how they are doing their own thing but at the same time they are not forgetting the source and that’s all you can ask for. I just hope the film as a whole delivers cause it could be great if all the ingredients come together with this one!

Power Rangers hits screens March 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

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Entertainment Weekly and Lionsgate have revealed the first exclusive look at Elizabeth Banks as Power Rangers space witch Rita Repulsa! First thought I had when I saw this pic was “Okay….okay…kind of has a Scorpina thing going on with that costume….”. The elephant in the room is that this Power Rangers reboot is most certainly going to be it’s own thing. Now I’m okay with that. Totally. Let’s do it. Let’s take these much loved characters and put a unique stamp on them.

What is the most important thing is that the film is good and the characters at least ring true to their originals at their core. Otherwise the filmmakers may as well have made a different movie OR not used Rita or the original Rangers for this reboot. Mix it up. Add some new story elements here and there. I’m all for that. Just keep the essence of the characters front and centre.

Time will tell. Are you digging this new look Rita Repulsa?