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Times of India
Five teenagers discover the Ranger Power Coins deep within a mine. The power of these coloured coins transforms them from outcasts to superheroes overnight. However, with power comes responsibility. The young warriors are assigned the task of saving mankind by defending Earth’s Zeo Crystal from a former Green Ranger gone rogue – Rita Repulsa and her gold giant Goldar. Mentoring the colour-coded Rangers are former Red Ranger Zordon and Alpha-5, the robot. Can they save the day?
A cinematic reboot of the 90s camp TV series, Power Rangers is an upgraded installment that predominantly caters to the kids. Sadly, it is way too cheesy, preachy, unexciting and dated to attract or inspire the youngsters. It is not a patch on its solid superhero contemporaries.
Let alone luring fresh viewers, even diehard fans of the series may find this ‘morphin adventure’ (stands for ‘metamorphosis’ and not the drug morphine) underwhelming. While it makes tall promises and leads you on to believe something huge is in store for you, the climax in particular is a damp squib.
The lead actors do a fine job, especially Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger) and Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger) but the lacklustre execution fails to make you feel invested in their characters. From emotional drama to sci-fi to action, the genre-shifting narration is choppy and one heck of a bumpy ride. As a result, the film struggles to establish itself as a full-fledged superhero film. All you get is a drab 90’s costume drama (despite the absence of spandex bodysuits), hoping to look new.
Elizabeth Banks is consciously over-the-top as Rita. Since there is nothing more to her than what you see, you desperately miss a strong antagonist. You don’t find yourself rooting for the Rangers even once and that’s a testament to its failure.
Despite a decent cast, this unhurried reboot is way too ancient for your liking. It drains your power and patience with its constant moralistic lessons on importance of team work, punishing the bullies, dealing with repercussions of reckless behaviour, value of true friendship, etc.