It’s not surprising to find out that an inspiration for this reboot was, in fact, The Breakfast Club (1985). The film follows the lives of five high school teenagers who, for one reason or another, receive detention and must serve it on Saturdays. They eventually band together and realize that by working together the group can overcome any obstacle. Am I talking about the Breakfast Club or the Power Rangers? I’m talking about both because this generally sums up the two movies. Seriously, they’re almost identical. Sub out the principal with Rita Repulsa and add in some monsters and zords and you have Power Rangers. Billy the Blue Ranger gets detention because his lunch box in his locker blew up. Sound familiar? That’s because Anthony Michael Hall, the nerd in the Breakfast Club, hid a flare gun in his locker.
With that being said, I enjoyed the film overall. As an avid fan of the original Power Rangers when I was a kid, I felt that this film was able to reboot the franchise without stomping all over my nostalgia. There were a few nostalgic moments in the film, but not too many. One such moment is when the Dinozords mobilize together and they recreate a classic shot from the television intro.
The plot of the film was fairly typical of a Power Rangers show. Good guys find new powers and band together to thwart the evil Rita and her horde of mindless minions.
The major difference between the original television show and the rebooted film is that none of these teenagers are friends with each other and that they know zip about martial arts. Not being friends beforehand allowed the film to have the five different personalities clash with one another. This prolonged the ability to fully morph into the Power Ranger armor and save that for the third act. I know that some critics didn’t care for the storylines of the teenagers, but I enjoyed them. It gave the characters depth and you knew what and why they were fighting.
The acting was solid for five relatively unknown actors. The acting of the rangers was comparable with the veteran actors Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita.
The issues I had with the film were few. The appearance of the Mega Zord was silly. Without giving anything away I will say that it was a surprise to both Rita and the Power Rangers. The fact that Rita, a foe of the Rangers, and Zordon didn’t know was somewhat hard to imagine. Another issue was with the Zeo Crystal, the thing that can either destroy or create worlds. It’s explained that each planet has a shard of the crystal hidden on the planet. That’s how the planet and life on it exists. Zordon explains that his team of Rangers died protecting that shard on Earth. Does that mean each planet has a team of Power Rangers? Because if the Rangers only guarded the Earth’s shard, wouldn’t it be easy to grab the other shards on neighboring planets? Will Earth’s team of Power Rangers guard the shard from human forces in addition to alien threats? Does that then mean that the sequel could include the Power Rangers fighting off the Men in Black? I guess time will tell.
Since the monsters and the real threat didn’t show up until the third act, the pace of the movie was slow at times and dragged in places. Also, product placement was obnoxious at times. Enough with Krispy Kreme guys, we get it they paid for your film.
Overall, I would give the film a 7 out of 10. If you’re a fan of Power Rangers, it’s definitely one to watch. If you’re just getting into the franchise, then it’s also one to watch. For a PG-13 rated film, it’s fairly family friendly with only violence, intense fighting, and some language to worry about.