What the film does for its teenage cast, it also does for its adults. Zordon (Bryan Cranston) isn’t the same kindly mentor stuck in a tube this time around, and Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) isn’t as robotic as he was. The latter’s performance as comic relief is done well, and his dourness at certain times is still funny. His design isn’t half bad either. Seeing Bryan Cranston’s disembodied head was jarring at first, but don’t look for the kindly mentor from the original series, this Zordon has a sass mouth on him too, and it was very, very enjoyable.
Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) is a more compelling, though still incredibly campy villain in the film. In spite of the camp and the innuendo she throws out, the film frames her in such a way that makes her a little more compelling than she was in the series. As cheesy and campy as the original Rita was, Banks’ Rita is pretty good, as cheesy as her lines might be.
They’ve Got The Power
Power Rangers’ overall feel is that of a lovingly crafted reboot that’s rarely seen these days. There’s the Zords, Goldar – and somehow the way that the film explains what the Rangers are and what their purpose is, gives it all a fairly good shot at finding its way into the hearts of new and old fans of the franchise.
That said, there are a few glaring issues with the film’s pacing and plot, although the fact that it takes a turn for the wild will distract from it. It’s got just the right amount of stupid fun, fanservice, and callbacks that hearken to the original series, as well as a fitting tribute to Super Sentai.
One spoiler I’d like to divulge is that there IS a mid-credits scene and a cameo that you won’t want to miss.
So go, go to theaters near you as Power Rangers premiers March 22.
All images courtesy of Saban and Lionsgate.