Amazing Kids! Magazine

Power Rangers: Childhood Memories Return Galore

By Sehen Gamhewa, Comic Hub Co-Editor

 

Power Rangers was a classic must-watch for kids from the 1990s to the 2000s, and this time, 2017’s latest blockbuster has become a must-watch for the kids who grew up with the originals, i.e. Teenagers. Not to say it isn’t a good film for kids to watch as well, though.

Taking place in a small town called Angel Grove, this film follows a similar pattern to the original ‘90s version, telling us the story of five completely unrelated high-schoolers who stumble across an ancient spaceship buried underneath their charming town. In this special spaceship are five colorful discs, one for each of the kids that turns them into super-saiyan versions of their previous selves.

These completely unrelated teenagers are high school football star Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery); the nerdy Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler); former Clique-A girl Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott); the impulsive, crazy Zack Taylor (Ludi Lin); and Angel Grove’s resident quiet new girl, Trini Kwan (Becky G.).

The film opens up at specific turning points in all of their lives:

Jason after a recent high school prank which left him under house arrest and banned from the football team, and Kimberly after a really mean act that left her without any of her friends.

None of the characters feel particularly accepted or understood by anyone, which is completely relatable to most of today’s generation, up until they find themselves in the exact same place at the same time and are given gifts most kids could only ever dream of receiving.

Of course, those gifts do come with certain responsibilities as they learn that they have been chosen to be Earth’s newest team of Power Rangers.

One of their main responsibilities, strangely enough, begins and ends in Angel Grove, where a very powerful item is buried. They must defend against forces that might seek to destroy it.

Upon analyzing the film critically, we see that it has all the characteristics of a bad movie. The dialogue is kind of boring, the plotting is a bit random, and the effects are shaky. It’s a movie that’s shot half like a shoddy ad and half like one of those flimsy music videos that has you shaking your eyes in disbelief at its stupidity.

BUT…

What makes this movie so awesome and loveable is the fact that it might actually get what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century, which is a big achievement.

This is a film that’s dripping with that very world-weary irony and emotion that’s interspersed itself with today’s youth.

The dialogue is basic, yes, but the way it is delivered just gives you that “teenager” experience.

For example, the very first thing the will-be Power Rangers say when they enter a giant spaceship with Bryan Cranston’s face (Zordon) staring out of the walls is “Is this a joke?” Because in today’s world, you can never be sure if you are secretly on one of those really elaborate, complicated YouTube prank videos or some big reality show.

To be honest, Power Rangers likely won’t do much for those who never liked the property in the first place.

But for those who grew up with it or found it through the many different incarnations throughout the years, it provides the kind of passionate, loving reboot that we very rarely see from the studio system nowadays.

It is a movie that goes deeper into its roots without ever losing that enjoyable campy element that made it such awesome fun in the first place.

Leave a Reply

Complete the problem to Comment: * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.