So, I will be honest…I really like Power Rangers. I know it’s a bit cheesy, but I grew up watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with my sister. We’d always argue over who got to be the pink ranger. And although I haven’t watched every episode and every series of Power Rangers, I do enjoy dipping in and out…especially when I get the opportunity to watch it with my nephew Freddie.
I liked the fact that the movie started out with the action straight away. It wasn’t immediately clear how Rita Repulsa had returned (since the last time she’d appeared, she was turned good by Zordon’s wave of energy), but a flashback cleared up a lot of that confusion…and Billy’s intentions to try and bring Zordon back made a lot of sense to me. After all, Zordon was pretty much a father figure; not just to the original group of Power Rangers, but many others as well.
It wasn’t exactly clear why or how the original Power Rangers still had their morphing ability, as my understanding was that most of them had given up their power, since other rangers had taken their place. Plus, I’d thought that the original dinosaur morphing abilities had been taken from them early on. Then again, as I said, I’ve been dipping in and out of the series, so maybe I missed them regaining those morphing abilities? And come to think of it, Jason appeared in Forever Red and used his original morpher.
I really liked the fact that this movie came across as very much a tribute to Trini. I remember it was pretty shocking to me to find out that the actress had passed away; and while Trini was killed by Rita at the very start of the movie, her presence was very much felt throughout.
I liked the addition of Minh, Trini’s daughter, and I really liked her relationship with Zack. He was honestly a great guardian to her, especially when she was trying to use the morpher for purely selfish purposes. And the conflict between Minh and Billy was honestly truly great to see.
I really loved being able to see Kat and Rocky; not just because they were also early generation rangers, but because it was really good to see them living their own lives, with their own responsibilities…but still rangers (as the title says) and ready to fight alongside their former teammates. Honestly, I would have liked to see more of their lives outside being power rangers for Billy and Zack, since it seemed like they weren’t really doing anything else.
All in all, I did enjoy this movie. There were some nice nods to the original series and it was good to see some of the original actors return, even though it was a little sad that there wasn’t a full reunion. I think that if you were a fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers in general, you’d probably enjoy this movie.