Power Rangers is a needless blast from the past, says Rashid Irani
Remember the TV show from the 1990s? Well, the five do-gooder teens are back, in a movie, and it’s not good.movie reviews Updated: Apr 01, 2017 15:22 IST
Direction: Dean Israelite
Actors: Elizabeth Banks, RJ Cyler
Rating: 2 / 5
Based on the popular 1990s TV series about five spandex-suited superkids, this big-screen reboot will at best provide some youngsters with a mildly entertaining time at the matinee.
As in the ’90s, the high-school teens band together to vanquish an evil entity.
Imbued with incredible abilities after they stumble upon some mystical thingamajigs, the colour-coded ‘Rangers’ use their newly discovered powers to save their fictional Californian town from being reduced to rubble.
Every character is one-note and mouths off gee-whiz platitudes. The woozy handheld camerawork and tinnitus-inducing soundtrack provide blasts of kinetic overkill.
In the role of Rita Repulsa, the delectably named villain-in-chief, Elizabeth Banks is camp personified. Her character feeds on molten gold (yes, you read right), and in an embarrassing bit of product placement, doughnuts.
The concluding metal-on-metal smack-down is surprisingly bloodless, but serves its purpose of setting up a new franchise.
The question is: Do we really need the Power Rangers? For many of us, the answer is a simple, No.
Watch the trailer for Power Rangers here