Power Rangers Review

Yesterday my carer (support worker) and I saw Power Rangers together. I loved this movie it wasn’t as cheesy as i thought it would be. I remembered power rangers as a child starting to get more and more cheesy.

BODY LANGUAGE AND FACIAL EXPRESSION AND EMOTIONS

If you are Autistic like me and you find reading the emotion and understanding what the characters are feeling well don’t be put off. This movie in my opinion isn’t hard to read the characters feeling.

Look for themes of teen issues, bullying those with disabilities, peer pressure, the power of team, duty to a cause, self-sacrifice, and testing your limits.

AUTISTIC CHARACTER: – Yes

Here is what the actor had to say about his role.

“I just wanted to show a different, like, viewpoint of people that are seen as being on the spectrum, right? Or people diagnosed with autism, ’cause it’s like I feel like us being outsiders looking in and I take that, I cast my own stone when I say that, ’cause there’s a lot that I didn’t know before,” 

 

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‘Power Rangers’ is the third big screen attempt and a more grown up affair than the previous two. While the TV show can still be seen on channels devoted to programming for young children, the content here may not be what parents expect (or want) their kids to be exposed to. The target audience is firmly set towards adult fans who have grown up with the franchise.

Unfortunately, in its attempt to be ‘gritty’, and its desperation for mass appeal, ‘Power Rangers’ seems to have forgotten that its target audience is young children. Instead, an offensively crass movie has been created. With the exception of the kind-hearted autistic boy, Billy Cranston, the new Power Rangers are virtually impossible to warm to. The unrepentant Jason’s irresponsible behaviour causes a car accident, and Zack’s repeated harassment of fellow Ranger, Trini, despite her repeated rebuttals (his favourite term of endearment for her being ‘crazy girl’ simply because he spies her doing a bit of yoga in the morning) are just two examples.

‘Power Rangers’ biggest problem is a lack of skill in trying to drag up the concept from child-centric origins. So an attempt to cover the very real problem of cyberbullying and using private intimate photos for ‘revenge’ becomes a hamfisted joke, failing to address any concerns with no-one learning from the experience. An obligatory teen girl lesbian cliché that feels clunked in by tortured writing to tick a box rather than for any plot depth. A contrived ‘bonding scene’ is so disingenuous that pages of the script could instead have been thrown roughshod at the screen, as that would be far more enjoyable to watch. ‘Power Rangers’ wants a piece of the teen angst market instead of enjoying its own overblown cartoony concept.

While it may be appealing to some teenagers and adults who want a nostalgia trip, ‘Power Rangers’ is anything but a kids’ movie. Lots of swearing, sexual references and protagonists who make poor role models make it something that’s very unpleasant to watch and is bound to offend most parents, especially those who are watching with children, expecting a fun and exciting children’s film.

 

MY VERDICT

With kids around the world excitedly awaiting a new movie for their beloved ‘Power Rangers’, parents will be quick to take them under the assumption that a kids’ brand with lead to a kids’ film. Unfortunately this movie is anything but child-friendly and families are bound to be disappointed, if not down-right offended, by what they are watching. Having a lot of bad language, less-than-subtle sexual references and protagonists who make terrible choices with little to no consequences, we strongly recommend this movie for over twelves.

  • Violence: 3/5 (a character is tied to a wall and a magical staff is held against his neck, he gasps in pain and his eyes roll back, black veins appear on his neck and face. This lasts for around ten seconds. A man is tied to a chair and used as bait, when some characters approach to help him, an antagonist is waiting above the man, jumping and smashing into him; it is likely that he has been killed. During a training montage, a girl kicks a rock monster in the groin, causing it to groan in pain)
  • Emotional Distress: 2/5 (an established character is killed when they are dropped into water while tied up. Other characters become distressed and their body is respectfully and poignantly carried to a place where they may be able to be saved. A character becomes upset when talking about their sick mother, they are reluctant to spend much time at home because they know there will be a time when she is gone)
  • Fear Factor: 3/5 (Rita is a very scary villain, her decomposing body that comes to life and there are numerous close-ups of her face as she snarls, wide-eyed at the camera. When the teens first find the spaceship where they will find out their destiny, it is initially spooky especially when the walls start to move and trap them inside, one is grabbed by the foot, they scream as they are dragged along the floor by an unseen character)
  • Sexual Content: 3/5 (as well as the scenes above, there is also a character watching a young woman undress from a distance. She takes off her top and is seen in her bra, as well as her bare legs up to the hips)
  • Bad Language: 4/5 (constant cursing and moderate bad language. One character exclaims ‘holy shhhhi’ before being cut off. One character in excitement yells the ‘Die Hard’ catchphrase ‘Yippie ki yay mother…’ before stopping himself and feeling guilty)
  • Dialogue: 2/5 (verbal threats, bullying and peer pressure are recurring issues. One mother demands that her daughter ‘pee in a cup’, implying drug use)

 

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