by Mica Wilhite
“Power Rangers” morphed into theaters this past Friday as the 2017 reboot of the superhero film series that started successfully in 1995 with “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.”
The spinoff from the long running television series grossed $66 million worldwide. However, the 1997 follow-up, “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” only brought in $9.6 million in box office receipts and the film franchise has been on hold since then.
Five newly cast teenagers make this current film with characters with modern day real-life challenges.
The Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery) leads the Power Rangers as Jason Scott. The local football star, Scott gets himself kicked off the team after a botched prank.
His character maybe inspired by the film’s top producer, Haim Saban, the Israeli-American businessman and philanthropist who is said to be worth almost $3 billion.
He was expelled for being a troublemaker in school, his principal goaded him “You’re not cut out for academic studies; you’re cut out for making money.”
The Pink Ranger, Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), is Scott’s love interest.
“Power Rangers” is the first superhero movie to include an LBGTQ and autistic character. The Yellow Ranger, Trini Kwan (Becky G), questions her sexual orientation and The Blue Ranger, Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler) is autistic.
Finally, The Black Ranger is the bilingual Zack Taylor (Ludi Lin) adds an important Asian cultural layer to the film.
This film featuring a diverse group of colorful characters only has a 48% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes, but audience members enthusiastically certify it as 80% fresh.
“Power Rangers” (124 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for violence, action, and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit http://www.Jimplecute1848. com for a full list of show times. Then plan to see it soon, hopefully with one of the superhero teenagers in your life.
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