Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is a 1995 superhero film starring Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson and David Yost. It is based on the series of the same name. This movie is non-canon to the franchise.
After a construction crew accidentally cracks open a gigantic egg that has imprisoned evil maniac Ivan Ooze (Paul Freeman) for centuries, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers prepare to face their most formidable foe yet. The vengeful Ooze kills their elderly mentor, Zordon (Nicholas Bell), and with him the source of the Rangers' power. Stunned by Zordon's death, the Rangers struggle to contain Ooze without the help of the Zords, the giant mechanical robots they have grown to depend upon in battle.
- The storyline is poorly written.
- The acting is cheesey.
- Certain scenes go nowhere.
- Awkward dialogue and humor.
- Van Halen's music doesn't fit the film's tone, especially since this film was released in the 1990s while Van Halen’s music is more appropriate for something from the 1980s.
- Tons of plot holes (eg. in one scene, the Power Rangers go to a dinosaur graveyard).
- With the exception of Ivan Ooze, the villains contribute very little to the movie.
- Annoying swooshing sound effects are heard a lot when the Power Rangers move their hands or do flips.
- Wirework can be clearly visible in several shots.
- Seeing the oozemen die by splatting onto a hard surface and turning into purple ooze was highly laughable.
- Uninteresting supporting characters (especially a woman in metal clothing stating that she knows everything).
- Dulcea's reasoning for Adam for having the frog as his animal spirit is very jarring.
- Pop culture references (e.g. "Welcome to Jurassic Park.")
- Nonsensical comic relief.
- Ridiculous moments such as Tommy using the Falconzord to replace tracks for a monorail to ride across, a child operating machinery without any assistance and the Megazord kicking Ivan Ooze in the groin.
- The special effects of the Zords and Megazord were poorly made. The CGI effect is worse than PS1 graphics.
- If you never saw the TV show, you'd have no clue about what was going on.
- Villains such as Lord Zedd, Goldar and Rita Repulsa were sadly flanderized.
- The film has the potential of being a good non-DC or Marvel superhero film.
- The special effects are decent and look primarily practical with a touch of CGI.
- First time that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" was used since it was previously used during the pilot episode of the first season.
- The suits and sets are well designed.
- The dark tones work well with the light ones.
- The fight scenes are pretty good.
- Exciting premise.
- The film is fast paced.
- Paul Freeman (the actor who played Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark) does well as Ivan Ooze.
- Our main protagonists have good chemistry with each other.
- The ending is decent.
- The film's version of the theme song is amazing and memorable.
- Great scene where Bulk and Skull, the comic relief, and the kids of Angel Grove, play a major part in saving the lives of the adults in the city.
- The film's score by Graeme Revell was pretty good.
- The skydiving Scene at the beginning is really awesome.
- The movie was shot in Australia and had great shots of the Australian outback and Sydney.
The film currently holds a 40% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 4.5 out of 10, with a critic consensus that reads "For better and for worse -- too often the latter -- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie captures the thoroughly strange aesthetic of the television series that inspired it." Film critic Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film with half a star and described the film "as close as you can get to absolute nothing and still have a product to project on the screen" and he went so far as to compare the film to synthetic foods in brightly marketed packaging with no nutritional content. Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune awarded the film with two and a half stars and stated in his review, "It isn't trash, and that opinion comes from a Power Rangers hater. What redeems the second half of the movie are some high-tech villains who look like giant mechanical scorpions."
The film opened up at #4 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $13,104,788. The total domestic gross was $38,187,431. The film grossed $28,245,763 in overseas markets and made a worldwide gross of $66,433,194 against its budget of $15 million making it a moderate success while other films including Batman Forever, Pocahontas and Apollo 13 all outgrossed Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Rangers: The Movie.