I loved the Power Rangers when I was little, I mean did anyone not? So I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve been super excited to see this movie. The trailer that was released a good while before the movie generated a lot of hubbub, and for me it is what made me want to actually see the movie. The movie starts off with a bunch of teenagers in Saturday detention – well actually it starts off a long long time ago where the original Power Rangers (aliens) are being killed and decide to leave their coins for a chosen group in the distant future. Jason (Dacre Montgomery) and Billy (RJ Cyler) become friends that night when they go to the mining site together. Also at the site is Kim (Naomi Scott) who is just hanging by herself in a nearby lake; Zack (Ludi Lin) who is chilling on top of an old car or train or something; and Trini (Becky G.) who is doing some yoga on top of a cliff. When Billy blows up a side of a cliff, all of them come running and what’s underneath? A space ship.
I think this is what I like most about this movie. It’s about the five teenagers finding the spaceship and the coins, becoming the power rangers, and learning to be the power rangers. Majority of the movie is them working together, building a friendship, and learning of their destiny as well as the responsibility that they are thrown into – all while going to high school and taking care of their families. Pretty different from the original Power Rangers movie (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – the Movie), but this is mainly because that was a movie that had a TV series to build its characters. I remember going to see this at the drive-in theater, man I would like to go see a movie at a drive-in theater again, that would be so great.
The film is full of humor, corny humor, and I loved it. Billy was on the spectrum, so his happy go lucky attitude and personality really made the movie for me. I think I may have laughed at every little one liner and joke made, even though some of them probably weren’t supposed to be that funny. I liked the fact that Rita (Elizabeth Banks) was a “fallen” ranger who decided to go all evil on the other rangers. And speaking of Rita, I really liked Elizabeth Banks in this role. I thought she did a great job – and that scene at Krispy Kreme was hilarious! I wonder how much Krispy Kreme had to pay for all this advertisement, I mean the film was basically about Krispy Kreme.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. I loved the story line and how it wasn’t just about the fighting, but I also enjoyed the major fight scene and I thought the effects were good. Acting in this film was decent, like I mentioned Elizabeth Banks to me stole the show, but the five teenagers didn’t do a horrible job. One thing I loved about this film was the score. All the music was good, and my kind of music. I kind of want to download the soundtrack. Anyway, I’m going to have to give this movie a “Loved It” rating. I’ll definitely be watching this again and purchasing the Blu-Ray when it comes out. Go watch it folks! Especially if you were a Power Rangers Kid yourself.
So there are many differences between these two movies, I'm not sure I would call it a remake (even though it's remake week) but more of another movie based on the same type of characters. The 1995 version does not have all the same characters as the 2017 version - I would say the 2017 version is based more on the 1993 TV Series more than anything. The villians are the same, Rita, Goldar, and the putties; and the character names are the same as in the TV series: Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Zack, and Billy; rather than in the original movie.
The original movie is a TV series spin off that picks up kind of where the show leaves off, with an extra ranger and Rita not being the mortal enemy. While the new movie shows the teenagers becoming the rangers, learning what they need to, and ending with one epic fight scene.
Both have good qualities and were enjoyable to watch. Here are some comparison pictures of the characters.
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