There was a point late in Power Rangers in which one of the titular characters inadvertantly pilots his giant robot into a yellow Camaro, crushing it and shouting ‘sorry Bumblebee’ before hastily returning to battle.
I don’t know if it was intentional, but director Dean Israelite basically offered a metaphorical ‘fuck you’ to Michael Bay while saying “let me show you how to actually make a good movie based off a popular franchise.”
That’s exactly what Power Rangers, which opened in theaters on Thursday, accomplished in two hours — something Bay’s Transformers reboot has failed to do over the course of an entire decade.
Power Rangers has a tremendous amount of heart, even more so that its source material, that half-hour kid’s beat-em-up TV show of the same name that’s aired in various forms since 1993. This movie is based off the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which nearly every twentysomething watched during their formative years.
Power Rangers was pure unadulterated fan service, but knew exactly what kind of movie it wanted to be and stayed true to that vision all the through. In fact, Power Rangers might be the most effective Hollywood reboot of a cult sci-fi property ever made. View full article »