Power Rangers (2017)
Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it's too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
- The main problem of this movie is that majority of this movie feels more like a teen angst drama than a Power Rangers movie.
- The characterization is very week, as the main protagonists now have bland personalities.
- Overused and generic clichés.
- Poor grasp of the source material.
- In the Power Rangers TV show, Angel Grove was presumably based on Los Angeles. But in this movie, it’s changed to a small town that looks more like the state of Washington than California.
- The Power Rangers don't have the same personalities from the show.
- The Power Rangers don’t have great chemistry.
- The tone of the movie is very inconsistent. The movie itself cannot decide if it wants to be edgy or a standard action movie.
- The pace of the film is very slow and can be boring at times.
- The Power Rangers don't morph until near the end of the film (with the exception of Billy in the middle of the film).
- Bad cinematography that uses the same washed-out color palette as seen in Man of Steel and 2015's Fantastic Four.
- The film barely has any action, with the ending battle scene being the only battle scene in this 2-hour movie.
- Plot hole: After Billy helps remove Jason’s ankle monitor, the police never reach out to Jason nor do Jason’s parents question him about it.
- Heavy product placement for Krispy Kreme, to the point where the final battle takes place there.
- Pop-culture references to Die Hard and Transformers.
- Some scenes make it look like a ripoff of The Breakfast Club.
- The Power Rangers follow the same traits as the main characters in The Breakfast Club: The Nerd (Billy), the Jock (Jason), the Outcast (Trini), the Princess (Kimberly), and the Rebel (Zack).
- The campfire scene where the Power Rangers reveal bits about themselves is similar to the circle confession from The Breakfast Club.
- The film has been compared to Chronicle. Even the screenwriter of Chronicle says this movie looks like it (the same writer wrote an early draft for this film, but it was rejected because the studio wanted a grittier film).
- Some of the acting is okay.
- Bryan Cranston is an awesome casting choice for Zordon
- Speaking of whom, the opening is actually interesting, which shows Zordon as the Red Ranger from prehistoric times.
- The modernized Power Rangers suits are cool.
- Some Power Rangers fans may enjoy it.
- Great soundtrack.
- The visuals are pretty good.
- The ending is decent.
- Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson, who played Tommy Oliver and Kimberly Hart in the original TV series, make cameo appearances.
- Although it's not great, it's a slight improvement over the first two Power Rangers movies from the 1990s.
- The movie is notable for being the first big budget superhero film to feature an LGBTQIA+ hero (Trini) and another on the autism spectrum (Billy).
Power Rangers received mixed reviews from critics. Critics praised the visual effects, musical score, and performances (particularly Montgomery and Cyler), but criticism for its uneven tone, product placement, divergences from its source material, lack of action, and especially the lack of ambition. The film currently holds a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. , with a critic consensus that reads "Power Rangers has neither the campy fun of its TV predecessor nor the blockbuster action of its cinematic superhero competitors, and sadly never quite manages to shift into turbo for some good old-fashioned morphin time."
The film was a box-office bomb, grossing $142 million worldwide against a budget of $105 million.
- Power Rangers was intended to launch a film series with multiple sequels, but all plans were canceled due to its commercial failure, leading Saban to sell the franchise rights to Hasbro. Another reboot is in development.
- The Japanese premiere was attended by Yūta Mochizuki, who portrayed Yamato Tribe Prince Geki in the original Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, and Takumi Kizu, who starred as Lucky in the concurrent Uchu Sentai Kyuranger. Notably, Kizu attended the premiere in-character as Lucky.