With this modern industry trend of plucking anything that has an established fanbase – a comic book, a novel, a popular toy brand, even emojis (?)- and adapting it into a feature length film, it was only a matter of time that the wacky TV series playing in the living room of most family homes every morning would get the blockbuster treatment.
A group of troubled high school kids, who meet every Saturday at detention, sneak into a restricted zone and uncover glowing rocks which infuse them with unique powers. While struggling to fit in at school, they harness their abilities in their spare time to save the world. But they are hindered by villain Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks), who wants to kill them. The trailer is very similar in tone to teen adventure flicks the likes of the Twilight Saga and the late eighties’ The Lost Boys. The final shot of the trailer shows the gang morphing into their suits, complete with a little bit of the familiar theme music at the very end.
The rangers are fronted by Australian actor Dacre Montgomery – a newcomer who will also feature in season 2 of Netflix’s hit original Stranger Things – as Jason, the red ranger. The gang is completed by Naomi Scott as the pink ranger, Becky G. as the yellow ranger, Ludi Lin as the black ranger and RJ Cyler as the comic relief blue ranger. The cast also includes Bill Hader voicing Alpha 5, the rangers’ robotic assistant and Bryan Cranston as Zordon, their mentor. This will be the second feature for director Dean Israelite, whose previous film Project Almanac (2015) has a very similar tone and target audience.
In a year where eight out of the top ten highest grossing movies at the world wide box office were sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes, we can expect to se studios producing a steady flow of these (almost) sure-win investments in the coming years. I’m sure producers are hoping for an endless stream of instalments (à la Transformers, Fast and the Furious) however, much like the Percy Jackson and The Olympians franchise who only adapted two of a series of five novels, I predict the box office numbers may not allow for that to happen. It should definitely please it’s teenaged target audience though. Power Rangers is set for theatrical release in March. You can watch the trailer below.
Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery and RJ Cyler in Power Rangers