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If you’re in need of a nostalgic splurge, what’s better than taking a trip down memory lane and watching the all new Power Rangers?

As a 90s kid, it surely has to be compulsory viewing? 

This 2017 modern retelling doesn’t feature the well-known cheesy phrases (although Jason definitely says ‘it’s morphin time’ at one point) and effects that we know and love.

And although bangs and flashes don’t fly across the screen like a child let loose with a sparkler on bonfire night, it is still very simplistic in its overall plot.

In a bid to be up to date and connect with the 21st century audience, it almost tries too hard to be open minded with its diverse characters. Yet it falls short when it really matters.

For example, it has fallen under scrutiny as the producers promised fans that Trini (Becky G), aka the yellow ranger, would be the first openly gay superhero – something that many have been calling for for years with a major lack of on-screen representation.

However, when it came down to it, it seems to be big off-screen promises with no clear-cut, definite representation. In the film Trini’s sexuality is eluded to but is by no means confirmed. This is yet another example of producers cashing in on a win-win scenario with a get-out clause to ensure conservative parents still bring their children to watch the film.

Despite being the leader, Jason’s (Dacre Montgomery) home life isn’t really explored. But then neither are any of the other rangers’ lives, even though we spend two hours getting to know the characters. In all honesty, a lot of this is unnecessary and I’m sure viewers would have much preferred to instead see more than 20 minutes of mediocre action.

There’s too much unnecessary and obvious dialogue littered throughout as well and I’m not exactly sure what era Elizabeth Banks (Rita Repulsa) has stepped into but her acting seems to come 20 years too late. Not to mention the weird casting of Bryan Cranston as Zordon.

Despite this, it’s an easy watch and one that is in part rescued by Billy (R J Cyler). His lovable charm and charisma leads the story.

It shares similarities, but is no The Breakfast Club. Neither does it live up to the heights set by recent superhero films such as Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Power Rangers is a film that wants to be an adult – it makes crude references from the offset – but it has the immaturity of a teenage boy. It’s as though Dean Israelite can’t quite make up his mind whether he wants to appeal to the older, original audience or capture the attention of today’s youth.

Let’s face it, it was never exactly going to be a smash hit and I didn’t expect much. It was good to see the theme tune make a strange cameo, making the older members of the audience (anyone above the age of 20) smile. All in all, it was thoroughly okay.

 

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