The New ‘Power Rangers’ Trailer Is Entirely Too Lit
When I heard that a Power Rangers movie was being produced, I knew it was going to be a joke. I expected all of the corny-ness of my childhood addiction to come through on the silver screen. But the movie’s new trailer has me eating my words for all the best reasons.
I was one of those kids that watched Power Rangers religiously (don’t act like you weren’t one of those kids too). And I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve seen a few of the movies too. They were all bad, mostly because the bar wasn’t very high. But in the trailer for the upcoming movie, the Power Rangers story gets a major upgrade.
The core of the story is the same: five “teenagers with attitudes” from Angel Grove become the Power Rangers and are charged with protecting Earth from alien threats. But the stakes seem more real and the story is treated with a bit more seriousness.
The core team is still comprised of relatively unknown actors, but they manage to be skilled enough to pull off a movie with this flimsy of a premise while also avoiding the stereotypical race-based assignments of Black character = black ranger and Asian character = yellow ranger. They even stick in a cheesy yet effective dig at the movie’s source material for that insensitive tactic used back in the 90’s.
But paramount to all of those things are the special effects. The Rangers aren’t just stunt doubles in spandex onesies, helmets, and boots. They have a much more alien, armor-based look. And when things escalate and they inevitably have to call on their zords (as they always had to), they look like real sophisticated machines as opposed to figures that would make great a great line of toys.The child from the 90’s inside of me can’t wait for the film to debut on March 24,
The child from the 90’s inside of me is way too excited to see the movie when it debuts on March 24, and I’m sure I won’t be the only parent in the theater feeling the same way.
Watch the trailer below!
Directed by Dean Israelite and written by John Gatins, the film stars Elizabeth Banks, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, and Bryan Cranston.
Photo credit: Power Rangers Facebook
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