Saban's Power Rangers Film
Having grown up with Power Rangers Cartoon
Okay, if you’re like me, and not dating myself too much here, I grew up with the Power Rangers cartoon. As it turns out, there was a marathon last weekend on TV, where all 831 episodes were shown one-after-the-other. Unfortunately, transporter technology has not been invented yet, so I could not simultaneously watch the re-run episodes and still cover the Open Check for Kong: Skull Island.
If you were one of the die-hard fans and did watch the re-run episodes, drop me an SM line, letting me know what you think. Facebook, Twitter, Stage32, or Hubpages works.
Here is a one paragraph on the origins of the new Power Rangers.
POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together before it’s too late.
What’s different in this film?
Directed by Dean Israelite. There were 4 story writers and 1 screenwriter for this film, with the film based on the characters from Haim Saban.
The Power Rangers colors are still the same: Red, Pink, Blue, Black and Yellow. Personally, I’ve always wanted to be the Purple Ranger! For this film, here are the actors portraying each Ranger:
- Red Ranger is Jason.
- Pink Ranger is Kimberly.
- Blue Ranger is Billy.
- Black Ranger is Zack.
- Yellow Ranger is Trini.
This film deals with current teenage issues, such as bullying, lesbianism, being the outsider and family-related issues. All is well in Angel Grove, as the Power Rangers have to save their town from Rita and Goldar’s evil forces.
Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger
His first name is pronounced Day-ker, and he was born in Australia. Bearing a slight resemblance to Zach Efron, he was most enchanting in his performance as Jason. He has always admired Hugh Jackman, with both of them graduating from WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), and has a high regard for Heath Ledger. Dacre graduated on his 21st birthday from WAAPA, and knew within a few weeks that he would be filming 3 movie projects:
· A Few Less Men
· Safe Neighborhood
· Power Rangers
So, if X-24 and the Red Ranger meet on-screen, that would be something, wouldn’t it?
Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger
Naomi was born in London, England, and was discovered by British popstar Kelle Bryan from Eternal, who signed Naomi as a client. Some of Naomi’s work includes Disney Channel UK series and Original Movie. Naomi is of Indian and English descent, and is married to Jordan Spence.
Her performance as Kimberly was well played, especially in how the lesbianism scene was handled on-screen. Intimated, but never shown.
RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger
Born in Jacksonville, FL, RJ has always been an entertainer from a young age. After being asked to move to Los Angeles for an acting camp, he and his family relocated to LA.
His performance as Billy was really good, as he’s the intelligent one, who gets bullied in afterschool detention. That’s where he and Jason meet, as the Jock stands up for the Nerdy one.
Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger
Ludi is one of Asia’s rising stars, and his being casted as Zack was a good call. He plays the loner, taking care of his aging mother well.
Born in Fuzhou, China, he traveled to Sydney, Australia at age 9 to study the craft. When he was 17, he moved to Vancouver, Canada, to finish his education. Upon graduation, he took a vacation throughout Asia, studying martial arts (Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu) in Thailand and Japan. So, what you’re seeing on-screen is real!
Having worked with Barbara Wong and Jackie Chan’s stunt team are some of his accomplishments.
Becky G. as Trini the Yellow Ranger
Born in California, she is a Mexican-American native, and the oldest of four children. She was discovered on Youtube.com, where her singing videos brought her to Sony Music Entertainment. Now, in Saban’s Power Rangers, you get to see her performance as an actress.
Her face speaks volumes, as her character is more of an action type. I thought she was casted well.
What impressed me about this film
Yes, most of the films released within the past year, has focused on the multi-cultural issue, which is great for the Blockbuster releases. It’s nice to see the filmmakers keeping this theme on-screen.
Their morphing powers were pretty good, so thank you to the Visual and Sfx departments. Costumes were definitely translated well from the original cartoon; they were pretty cool.
Was Haim Saban involved with the film project? Is he still alive?
Another trend in filmmaking is to take Japanese characters, albeit from Manga-Anime genre, re-writing the story to fit into a Big Screen version, and re-telling the story in a modern vein. Be sure to see the upcoming Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johannson, and be sure to read my Hubpage on this film. I’ll be checking the IMAX-RPX theatre’s trailers this weekend.
Thanks to Joe at Regal Cinemas for helping me with the info for the Film Review! Here’s to morphing time.
And, the audience loved the film! Some of the PreFilmComments before the feature started was “It’s morphing time!”