Power Rangers, 3/25/17, 4.5 Stars.
Go go Power Rangers. Go take forever to show up in full outfit form. We do open with a cool look at an ancient battle where Zordon (Bryan Cranston) dies stopping Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) from harvesting the Earth’s life core. Fast forward 65 million years later, and we meet five diverse teenagers who all end up at the same space ship and undergo the same enhancements: Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler), Trini (Becky G) and Zack (Ludi Lin). First, Jason, Kimberly, and Billy are thrust into detention after Jason sneaks a bull into the school for a prank and gets arrested after totalling his car, Kimberly humiliates a fellow cheerleader, and Billy accidentally blows up his lunch box. They meet Trini and Zack when Billy takes Jason to the gold mine and Kimberly just happened to be taking personal time there. After they discover the coins that give them superpowers, they go on a power discovery rampage reminiscent of The Amazing Spider-Man, and return to find the truth about their powers: they are the Power Rangers, chosen by the coins to stop Rita Repulsa for good (Unlike Zordon). It takes forever to see all five of them in full costume, like someone lit a mile-long fuse on a powder keg of an epic final act, because when they do get to that, I almost wanna forgive them for taking so long. Almost. However, the core group is likable enough without the armor, and really grow from the angry misfits they start as. Also, there are enough cool visuals on the spaceship that make me want to overlook the pace, but I just can’t. Everything we see advances the plot, from Zordon’s noble sacrifice to Jason’s senior prank gone wrong, and the final act that feels earned enough in my book. It’s all set to Brian Tyler’s exciting score that really earns him his paycheck at the final act. Overall, Power Rangers is a fun, dramatic movie about five teenagers who learn how to work together in the face of certain doom. So now, it’s watching time!