I have to admit, I was never a fan of any of the Power Rangers shows that were on the air since forever. Okay, since 1993. Before that, I did see an episode of Super Sentai, which the American series took clips from to use in episodes. Now, the Power Rangers are the latest in a long line of Hollywood’s remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, reiterations (in other words, “Lack Of Originality”). The first trailer that was shown regarding this new film, I called a cross between The Breakfast Club and Jumper.
The newest trailer to the Power Rangers film looks fairly interesting, and if you were a fan of the original series, there’s plenty of familiar characters. We get a look at Zordon, voiced by Brian Cranston (who also provided voices for a couple of bad guys from the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series), and Alpha-5, voiced by Bill Hader. We also see more of the villain, Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks. Although not a gorilla wearing gold armor in the trailer, Goldar is also there. And, let’s not forget the Zords.
The official plot synopsis reads:
SABAN’S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
Having the teens be ordinary, with flaws, as opposed to being the perfect teens you’d see on some television shows, is a smart move. Now, whether the film is going to be worth the price of a movie ticket, that remains to be seen. The trailer does look better than a couple of the other movies based on TV shows coming out. CHiPs and Baywatch, I’m looking at you.
Saban’s Power Rangers stars Naomi Scott as Kimberly Clark/The Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott/The Red Ranger, Becky G. as Trini/The Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor/The Black Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston/The Blue Ranger, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5, and Bryan Cranston as Zordon. It’s directed by Dean Isralite. Distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment, and it comes to theaters March 4, 2017.