'Power Rangers' is the Pinnacle of the Problem With Hollywood Right Now
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 26, 2017,
Mar 26, 2017, 15:53
But in reaction to news of a gay Yellow Ranger, Yost praised the new film for its bravery.
For what it's worth, even if the Green Ranger does get swapped to female, and even if her plot is otherwise left intact, there's no way I could ever see that even Power Rangers would keep her love story with the Pink Ranger.
The actors playing teens are mostly good, Cyler and Scott especially so, and at its best "Power Rangers" plays a little like a low-rent "Breakfast Club".
"Power Rangers" is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language and for some crude humor.
What to make of a product so clearly designed and marketed to attract the nostalgic leanings of 30-year-old men while still being fundamentally the domain of boys 25 years younger? Though it is not talked about more throughout the film, this took everyone as a surprise because it is the first time a Power Ranger, or superhero, is openly gay in a movie, but Becky does not understand why it is such a big deal in 2017.
Power Rangers, from Saban and Lionsgate, is projected to gross $13.5 million or more on Friday, including a healthy $3.6 million in Thursday night previews.
And true to form, there was much eye rolling during the POWER RANGERS feature film as well. "This has a different quality and you have to define yourself in that way, or it feels like you're making another superhero movie just to make another superhero movie". It's as if we are nearly talking, but with our fists.
"Power Rangers" centers on five disparate, disenfranchised teenagers (played by Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G and Ludi Lin) in small-town Angel Grove who have to come together and form an armored team to fend off the nefarious machinations of Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). "We spent some time with the new cast and they thanked us for the T-shirts we sent them". This, however, is hardly the only nod the surprisingly entertaining movie gives toward a generation (and demographic) that yearns for more inclusion, both in social life and in depictions of that life. This scene is very moving and not only does it increase their bond, but it also helps the audience get more involved with these characters.
Luckily, the movie is also really amusing.
To access more Mighty Morphin feelings, check out our interviews with the original cast below, as they reunited for the first time since 1995. "It'll be interesting to drop that drama into it and see how we all relate to it and work with it". Now, of course, we have the big-screen reboot, for better or for worse.