Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin and Becky G in Power Rangers.
Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin and Becky G in Power Rangers.

Darker take on colourful teen heroes

IT'S MORPHIN' time once again, with 90s icon Power Rangers back in the spotlight. But these may not be the Rangers you remember.

Power Rangers' plot is similar to the TV series. Five teenagers with attitude stumble across coins that give them super powers, as well as a spaceship hidden since the Cenozoic Era.

The ship's owner, Zordon (Bryan Cranston), tasks the teens with defeating his enemy, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks).

But first, the group has to learn how to "morph” - and get along with each other

While the characters have the same names, Power Rangers is certainly a lot grittier than the kids' TV series it's based on.

Red Ranger Jason (Dacre Montgomery) is a juvenile delinquent, Pink Ranger Kimberley (Naomi Scott) is a former mean girl and Blue Ranger Billy (RJ Cyler) is autistic.

One of the Rangers is implied to be gay.

Basically, Power Rangers is part superhero origin story and part Breakfast Club, which makes things a little disjointed at times.

While the superhero scenes are quite goofy and fun (complete with the original theme song at one point), the more dramatic scenes are incredibly serious and very, very teen angsty.

The cast are quite good in their roles, particularly Cyler's Billy - although he's probably not the most accurate depiction of an autistic person.

Elizabeth Banks also has a lot of fun chewing the scenery as Rita Repulsa. She'll never top the original for pure camp value, though!

Power Rangers will definitely please grown-up fans, with plenty of callbacks to the 90s series and cameos from some of the original cast. Kids will probably be lured in by Rangers' rainbow-coloured Dinozords, although they take a long time coming.

Power Rangers isn't perfect, but things are looking good for the promised sequel.



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