I in elementary school when the original Power Rangers TV show first aired. For a long time, it was the hot topic at the lunch table and I watched it so I could contribute to the conversation.
Secretly, I liked it, even though it was a pretty big rip-off of Voltron, which I enjoyed a lot more. Even today, if I had to choose between one or the other, I’m going to pick Voltron. The new show on Netflix is the right kinds of wonderful (and it stars the voice of Tyler Labine, which is a bonus).
That being said, I’m excited to see the new Power Rangers movie. Sure, they’ve taken the property in a darker, grittier tone that movies are wont to travel these days, which recently destroyed the Fantastic Four, but… I don’t know. I’m digging it for this.
Check out the new trailer below, which was just released today. It looks like a pretty stellar time. Yes, it’s darker and feels more grounded, but it doesn’t skimp on the fun and camp that the original was known for.
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids 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 that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games franchise; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Brent O’Connor (Warcraft) serve as executive producers. Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron; Now You See Me) is the composer and Kelli Jones (Straight Outta Compton, Sons of Anarchy) is the costume designer. Set decorator is Oscar-nominated Hamish Purdy (The Revenant) and stunt coordinator is Paul Jennings (Game of Thrones, San Andreas , The Dark Knight). Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District 9) is in charge of suit design and visual effects. Andrew Menzies (Fury, X-Men) is the production designer and Director of Photography is Matt Lloyd (Daredevil, Cop Car).
Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24th.