Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Random Thoughts On... The Upcoming Power Rangers Movie

(Originally from Episode 41 of the DTM-Cast)

Considering your vehement hatred for what you consider the Voldemort of Power Rangers amateur productions, I was just wondering what your ideal Power Rangers movie would be. Would you make it darker or keep it light-hearted?

That's actually a good question, because it sort of brings to light the expectations some people would have for this thing.

Lionsgate, for those who are not in the know, is set to produce and release a new Power Rangers film sometime next year; a reboot, as it were. And much like anything we know nothing about, there is speculation, there's conjecture, there's very little to work with. And in between the time it was announced and the day it gets released, there have been and there will be little unofficial, unauthorized films offering their take of the material and then, in predictable fashion, all of this will dark and grim and gritty and claim to be Power Rangers for fans who have grown up when, in fact, what they produced is actually juvenile, generic, low-brow schlock that makes the KIDS show seem sophisticated in comparison.

As for what I'd like to see in the Lionsgate production... well, naturally something a little more mature and a little more refined than what you'd get on the series and that doesn't necessarily mean making it grim or dark or bloody or stupid or moronic, but rather something that gives the movie a little more depth and substance than just merely the cheese. If nothing else, I want to go into a Power Rangers movie knowing that I'll get something from that film that I wouldn't get from the television show, which, for all intents and purposes, would most likely still see production around that time.

But at the same time, I don't think they should completely wash away the silly aspects of the thing either because then you're taking away the essence of the show; kids change into spandex-donning heroes, wield fantastical high-tech weaponry, control giant colossal mechanical warriors, fight off the bad guys, and throw a bit of a message in there. The concept is silly and ridiculous and rather than try to shy away from that like an embarrassment, they should embrace it. There should be a balance between giving it a bit more depth and substance to make it feel a bit mature and also keeping the levity and fun that could be had with the concept.

In other words, give me a Power Rangers movie that feels like Power Rangers, but different enough that it would be a unique take.

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