Power Rangers (2017) Movie Review

[NOTE: You may have read my son’s guest post on here where he ranked the MCU movies. My now 11 year-old son and I saw the new Power Rangers movie today, and he decided he wanted to write a review. He felt especially eager to write the review since, like one of the Power Rangers, he is on the autism spectrum. So, I offered to have him write the post on here. Without further ado, here’s Drew…]

 

I saw the Power Rangers movie today. Bottom line: it was scary. Like, don’t-go-in-with-anyone-under-15-scary. Well, maybe not literally, but still, it was scary. From seeing Rita rise from nothing but a skeleton and 65 million years of pond scum, to the ancient Power Rangers wither away under her power, to Jason’s hallucination of Rita with a zombie army to the fact that Rita’s persona is that of a deeply insane serial killer, something about the movie was just… let’s put it this way: up until they brought out the Zords, it felt more like a horror movie than a superhero movie.

But, with that little rant out of the way, let’s get to what I did like about the movie. There were two moments that really changed what I thought about this movie. One was when I saw the first poster. It was 5 Rangers sitting on top of the oh-so-important van and looking at a constellation in the shape of the Power Rangers logo. Inside it are the words “TOGETHER WE ARE MORE.” That’s when I realized that it was going to be a bona fide superhero movie, not the TMNT-meets-Pokemon kiddie cartoon we’ve come to expect. (Not that there’s anything wrong with TMNT. Or Pokemon.)

The second was when I went to the movie’s Wikipedia page and read that it was the first blockbuster superhero movie to feature LGBT and autistic (autism is the “spectrum” that Billy is on) superheroes. That really made me happy because I’m autistic. And, before now, I hadn’t seen any movies where any character is specifically stated to be autistic. And Billy did seem like an autistic person to me. I find it hard to get jokes sometimes and the look on his face when he found out that (SPOILER ALERT!) the geo crystal is hidden under Krispy Kreme is so… me.

All-in-all, I was really impressed with the inclusiveness of the movie. But, it was SCARY.

So, for now, remember: never use your powers for personal gain, never reveal your identity, and never do whatever the other thing is!

[UPDATE: Also, I wanted to mention that in the beginning the movie says “Earth: Cenozoic Era.” But, a pteranodon is seeen in the background and pteranodons lived in the Mesozoic Era. And, the Black and Yellow Ranger’s Zords are based on animals that lived millions of years after the animals that the Red, Blue, and Pink Rangers’s Zords are based on.]

11 thoughts on “Power Rangers (2017) Movie Review”

  1. Shayna says:

    I like it. It sounds like a good movie.

  2. Theresa says:

    Thanks Drew!

  3. Pam says:

    Drew,

    This review gives me insight into a movie that I typically would not go see. I also loved your pointing out the inclusivity theme which is so important. And, your knowledge of scientific history is impressive – good catch!

  4. Frank says:

    I’ll have to go see it now!

  5. Rachael says:

    I may not see the movie because I do not like scary movies, but this review gave me real insight into the movie. You picked up on some very subtle things. If not for the scary part, I would be interested in seeing it now, where as before it never would have occurred to me to put this movie on my list.

  6. Shannon says:

    Great insight to the movie. I was not interested in seeing this movie after seeing the previews, but now that I know more about the character, Billy, I want to check it out. Thank you for helping others see how important it is for everyone to be able to see themselves represented in movies (and books, tv shows, etc. too) sometimes. Diversity and inclusion is necessary to help everyone feel important. You are important, Drew! You are also an amazing writer! Look forward to reading more of your reviews.

  7. Aunt Jen says:

    What a great review! I definitely know that Sammy is NOT ready for it!! Thanks for taking the time to write this.

  8. Brilliant! Nice job identifying the anachronisms.

  9. Dan Hardy says:

    That was a helpful review! Thank Drew for me….

  10. Sarah says:

    Keep writing, Drew!
    I will share this with my nephews.
    Thanks!

  11. Susan Barstow says:

    Drew Becker, you are such a good writer. This review not only describes another work of art, it IS a work of art: beautifully written, witty, and insightful – with a strong, recognizable voice. Wow. I can’t wait for the next one.

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