Gradebook: ‘Power Rangers’

Gradebook: Power Rangers

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Daniel Rester: Power Rangers (7.8/10)

This Power Rangers reboot is a fast-paced and fun ride at the movies for both fans and newcomers. The glue that holds it all together is the surprising amount of character development each of the leads get, and the relationship-building between them. The main young actors all turn in impressive performances and help keep things grounded. Elizabeth Banks is enjoyable as the villain, but the scenes surrounding her feel a bit tonally off from the rest of the material. The third act also feels clunky and ridiculous at times as things turn Transformers-esque in terms of staging. Still, Power Rangers is a silly-in-a-good-way crowd-pleaser that hits more than it misses.

Tony Estrada: Power Rangers (7.5/10)

I have never been a fan of the Power Rangers yet this 2017 reboot surprised the hell out of me. The feature offers plenty of fan service for the fans themselves to enjoy but there’s also plenty of things for the non-fans to enjoy. I really admired that this focused more on the characters rather than the action even though the action is a lot of fun to witness when the film reaches its final act. The performances from Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, and Becky G. who portrayed the power rangers were actually quite impressive. Power Rangers is confusing when it comes to its tone because it doesn’t know if it wants to be a serious/gritty movie or a cheesy/fun movie but that doesn’t ruin how much fun I had watching this feature.

Nick Casaletto: Power Rangers (8/10)

Some may see this and consider it as a cash grab, a way to bring a universe back into the present and sell toys and lunch boxes. However, you can’t deny the genuine passion and respect for character development in the script. Power Rangers on the outside looking in, is mindless popcorn fun. Beneath the colors, catch phrases, and cheesiness, is a story about five characters looking to make their lives meaningful. This is a story of relationships, friendships, and becoming something that’s always been inside you.

Matt Marshall: Power Rangers (8/10)

I’m not one for remakes or reboots, especially after seeing what happened to other 80s and 90s franchises. Looking at you Michael Bay. I was unprepared for how Power Rangers would rise to the occasion and become the best film in the franchise. Shockingly enough, there were opportunities to flesh out our main heroes (in a Power Rangers movie nevertheless). Granted the film ditches its dark tone in the third act for a vintage showdown. Other than that, bring on the sequel. There’s so much more Power Rangers lore to tell.

Ashley Menzel: Power Rangers (9/10)

Power Rangers is pitch perfect and knows just how seriously to take itself. It has moments where the cheese factor is off the charts, but are balanced out by truly emotional and powerful scenes. There are some parts of the film that are great and a major point that is a crux of a lot of the humor in the film, but I won’t ruin it. I hope others don’t either because I think the surprise makes it even more hilarious. This film proves that the Rangers are back and bringing the action! It’s the perfect popcorn movie to enjoy. It will appeal to fans of the original and win over the hearts of an entirely new generation. Power Rangers is big, bold, and action-packed and will blow you away!

Scott Menzel: Power Rangers (8/10)

The big screen reboot of one of my favorite childhood television series is the perfect start to what I hope is a whole new franchise. Power Rangers combines genuine teen drama with big budget action. R.J. Cyler, Naomi Scott, and Dacre Montgomery are the real power players in the film giving each of their characters a lot of emotion and backstory. While not all the characters are equally strong, I do like the direction in which the franchise is going and only hope it gets better as it goes along. Power Rangers will easily delight fans of the original series and make new ones in the process. Power Rangers is a fun popcorn flick with plenty of character development and heart. The fan moments are simply delightful and there are plenty of moments where I couldn’t help but feel like a kid again. This is a welcomed reboot and one that I cannot wait to see again. The Power Rangers are back!

Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for Power Rangers 8/10

*Keep checking back as more We Live Film fans see and review this film, we will be updating

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