So, Power Rangers has two different main storylines: One is the characters meeting up by several coincidences in a restricted area. Two of the kids are Billy Cranston and Jason Scott. Scott is the coolest kid on the block who got busted for stealing what he thought was a cow but is really a bull, learning it the hard way. And he needed Billy to jam his tracker. A joker named Zack was out following them and Jason's crush Kimberley was out that night right after getting kicked off the cheerleading squad and giving herself a quick haircut to rebel and stand out. Kimberley also has plans to run away from her skanky old town, as does Jason. And there's also a quiet outsider girl who we learn is named Trini. The 5 of them discover a crystal and wake up one morning...different. The other plotpoint is something called the Zeo Crystal, a crystal that takes care of all the life on Earth. Basically, every planet with life has one. You do the theories on the connection, and we have the newest Power Rangers movie.
I'm a humungous fan of superhero movies with relatable protagonists. Why wouldn't I be and why wouldn't you? And it turns out, these 5 characters have actors that are good enough to have their character names remembered and cherished like the characters in the Marvel cinematic universe. Most of these actors have only been in enough projects to fill one hand and yet they are all marvellous (no pun intended), without any over or underacting.
So what's the beginning like? Apparently Jason Scott isn't afraid to speak his mind to his furious dad, and watching his dad react to his words and Billy trying his best to shield himself away from his disappointment was like looking in a mirror. My dad and I are close, but there are times we just can't understand one another. I also loved how all of the Power Rangers first meet. Each one is given enough screen time to have a side story we have layers of without trapping us in too much tedious development.
Whenever we are with these characters, the movie just seems to turn on. Even when Trini and Kimberley are playing with their food superhero style, it's fun. I will admit, there are times when the fact this is an origin story goes a little in your face, making it the sort of movie where you can't help but hope the distribution companies don't go cheapskate if this doesn't make 800 million dollars and cancel out on a sequel; a sequel that promises more possibilities if it comes out. But they probably will return, so it's not as bad.
And I found myself being kind of reminded in a plot element to the newest SpongeBob movie. Remember? It was a film critically acclaimed but the fact they falsely advertised the movie was one of the main reasons for my D grade. Of course, there were others, but that was one of them that Power Rangers has. But I liked this one more because the fact they aren't morphed for a big part of the movie makes me see these five teenagers as people with flaws, and the message Zordon has is that they must be perfect to save the world, which isn't true no matter how you slice the orange if you ask me. But the fact that these teenagers were trained and given enhancements yet teenagers who have to save the entire world makes this movie the sort of flick Fant4stic wanted to be (which wasn't complete dogshit material). And the actors, which I've already mentioned are very good, make it worthwhile. And I won't spoil the big climax, but this movie is being described like a mixture of The Avengers and The Breakfast Club, which is a perfect combination. The Avengers are all colourful and unique, and The Breakfast Club is all colourful and unique, and there were 5 people in The Breakfast Club. And, come to think of it, the personalities of TBC and The Power Rangers kind of match.
Power Rangers is just plain fun, with an extra spice of lovable, relatable, vulnerable and diverse characters. They finally have me on board and the next time they morph, me and my binoculars will be on their radar.
Oh, and note: I got a summer job, and it involves very long hours, and that's why I haven't posted a review in a while. We'll see how this summer goes when it comes to reviewing. I plan to watch another movie tomorrow, but we'll just see.