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‘Power Rangers’ is a terrific reboot

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Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in

Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in "Power Rangers."

Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in "Power Rangers."

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After discovering strange coins, five misfit teens are transformed into warriors in Power Rangers. They must come together to save their city, and the world, from destruction.

There’s something incredibly satisfying about seeing childhood shows be rebooted properly. (In other words, any franchise that Michael Bay doesn’t touch.) While absolutely no one asked for a Power Rangers reboot, after watching it, everyone will definitely be happy that it happened.

The film is chock-full of fun but at times surprisingly serious and wrenching, too, in no small part because of the excellent performances everyone gives. Well, almost everyone. Elizabeth Banks, for whatever reason, deemed it necessary to play the villain, Rita Repulsa, in much the same way she was portrayed in the original show. She is over the top in every way possible, constantly screaming about power and gold with a strange accent.

In contrast, R.J. Cyler gives a grounded and exceptional performance as the autistic Blue Ranger Billy Cranston. He’s at the center of the friendship that keeps the five Power Rangers together. 

Another aspect that makes the film so great is that, while often serious, it never takes itself too seriously. It knows what it is: a movie about heroes called the Power Rangers who fight in gigantic robot dinosaurs. It’d be ridiculous for the movie to try and be solely dark and gritty while maintaining both the colorful costumes and equally colorful robots.

The cinematography is incredible. Several scenes are done from a first-person viewpoint. While this has been done in the past, it’s done far better here. These scenes kept short, maybe 30 seconds long, and are always filled with action. They create a tense atmosphere that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.

This film is exactly what reboots of old childhood shows should be: fun, dark, packed with action, and powerful (pun intended). If you haven’t seen it yet, head to theaters and watch it.

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