A group of high school kids get infused with unique superpowers and harness their abilities in order to save the world.
First, let me answer the most obvious question. I did not grow up with Power Rangers. I was the right age for it when it came out, but I was just never interested. But the few reviews I saw for this movie, oddly enough, recommended it more to non-fans than to fans. I can see where they're coming from.
By far the film's biggest strength is the characters. It really takes its time to set them up, flesh them out and make them genuinely likable.
And, while it's refreshing to see a blockbuster that's driven by characters rather than action, the visual aesthetic lets it down for me. The bulk of the film looks dark and monochromatic, and the camerawork is pretty shaky, so it's not very appealing to look at.
Then, in the third act, when they finally become the Power Rangers and the action kicks in, it's every inch the CGI shitfest I surmised from the trailer. I've said this before and I'll say it again: I am so tired of effects that are supposed to be live action looking like video game graphics – and PS2 graphics, at that!
So I commend this movie for successfully taking a very silly franchise seriously, but it still falls into many of the same traps I complain about with movies these days. For me, the end result is just okay.
My rating: 60%