‘It’s morphin time!’: Does the new ‘Power Rangers’ stand up to the TV show?

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By: John Sargeson

“Power Rangers” came to theaters on Friday, and it is a reboot of the beloved “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV show that came out in 1993.

The movie is about five teenagers who are outcasts in their high school, Angel Grove.  Billy, who has a form of autism in the movie, goes digging at a mine with Jason, the former football star of the high school.  Kimberly, Zach and Trini meet them, and all of them find items called “power coins.”

The origin of the movie differs a little from the TV show, but all of the character names are the same.  The writers also kept the names of the classic characters from the show– Zordon, Rita Repulsa and Alpha 5– the same in the movie.

The movie is quite darker than the TV show, however.  It is rated PG-13, which contrasts with the TV-Y7 rating for the TV show.  Although the movie contains profanity and shows some pretty graphic images that might scare some kids, it is still the classic “Power Rangers” at heart.

Also, the movie showcases some of the classic lines from the TV show, which was enjoyable for big “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” like myself.  Rita says, “Let my creature grow!” as she is making Goldar grow, and Alpha 5 even says his classic line, “Aye-yai-yai!” when he gets confused.

The introduction to the characters in the movie was really well done.  Producer Haim Saban took a risk in making Billy, the blue ranger, have a form of autism in the movie.  This is just one of the reasons why the character development in this movie was one of the best things about it.  You truly cared about each person, and you were rooting for him or her to save the world.

The best part of the movie, as you might imagine, was the third act.  When the Power Rangers finally morph into their suits and call upon their Megazords (animal robots that help them defeat bad guys), the action does not stop.  It was so fun to see the reimagining of the ‘90s show.

Although there are no major spoilers here, the movie does set up for future installments, and I really hope that they go through.  Although it was not a perfect movie and will not be up for any major awards, the movie was really well done.  If you were a fan of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” growing up, or even if you just like action movies, you will enjoy this movie.

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