Mighty Morphin Power Rangers came out when I was 19 years old. I watched it. It was a fun little half hour that reminded me of the old Inframan movie, and Shogun Warrior cartoon's I used to watch. Its the story of 5 Teenagers who are granted powers and Zords (Dinosaur robots) than can combine to make a giant Mega-Zord. Every episode they would do battle with another monster. The used martial arts at first to beat the bad guys then the zords to battle that episodes monster, then the monster would get bigger and they would form the Mega-Zord and beat it. That was the formula plain and simple. Flash forward to present day and the show is still on. Every year or two a new group of kids appears and they battle a new villain.
Years ago there was the first Power Rangers film. It was fun, all the people from the show battled a new villain and got new zords in the process. They kept those Zords and new costumes for the show, so basically the film was about 4 episodes crammed into one theatrical experience. They made another film called Turbo, I didn't like it, but it was the same thing. Introduce new zords, get new powers, show spins off from that.
Well now its time for something different. The show continues on, but the new Power Rangers film is separate. A new origin story, new kids, the whole deal. Is it good? Well, yes and no.
For starters its very gritty. Not in a Logan way, but very serious, no campy fun to be had. See millions of years ago the Power Rangers were aliens. They had a final battle with RIta Repulsa where they all seemed to have perished. Zordon, the Red Ranger at the time hid 5 power crystals, all a different color to be found by the next team of chosen Rangers.
We cut to present day and are treated to a group of kids in Saturday detention. Jason, the troubled jock, Billy, a bullied semi-autistic kid, Kimberly, a cheerleader who has done a few bad things, and Trina, the new lesbian girl who doesn't talk to anyone. A series of events takes them all to a rock quarry when they meet Zack, a kid who always skips school.
Billy used to go with the quarry with his late father and he blows a giant chunk of it up, revealing the crystal which the kids grab. Sadly the cops hear the explosion and a car chase ensues which ends with the group of kid being hit by a train. Suddenly the next morning they all all back at the respected homes without a scratch. They go back to the quarry and find the spaceship containing Alpha-5 and Zodon who tell them the are the new Power Rangers and they must come together to battle the resurrected Rita who plans on summoning Goldar to find the final power Crystal.
From there we get the training montage, the kids all bonding and becoming friends, and of course the final battle between the Rangers both using their martial arts skills against Rita's rock like creatures, and then of course the giant zord battle with the gigantic Goldar.
I liked the film, however, and parents thinking of going take note of this. This is an origin film, that has 5 more planned story's. This film clocks in a little over 2 hours and the Rangers do not morhph and battle Rita until almost 1 hour and 40minutes in. I timed it. SO you really have a 100minute version of the Breakfast Club training to be superheroes. And even that takes a while. Its close to 1 hour before that begins as well. You really get an hour of time to simply learn about the kids.
Now I was ok with that, as the kids had great chemistry together. The backstory's, although nothing you wouldn't see on a CW show were interesting enough to keep me intrigued. Now I did take my son, and he was getting a tad bored about one hour in. Lots of the kids there were. Of course when the battle begins they all get into it, but yes there is a long time before that happens.
So if you grew up watching go see it, you will enjoy the new take. If your not a fan, but your kids are make sure you explain that its different from the show and they will be watching a story for quiet some time before the action hits. And before you ask, yes there is a mid credit scene to set up the next film. Now that your done reading this, go and see the film.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 stars.