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TobiasDrake Exposition Dragon from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Aug 22nd 2017 at 11:28:02 AM

Cinema Sins just released a video on the Power Rangers film and it made me realize just what my complaint with the third act is. I’ve mentioned before that the film is consistently great except when it’s trying to be a Power Rangers movie. The trappings of the source material are ultimately what kill it, particularly in the third act. I think, if I were to improve the film, what I would want to do is remove the giant robots and giant monsters entirely. Maybe even the Ranger suits.

Because the entire second act revolves around training the kids and is possibly the best part of the film. But then this happens.

  • JASON: So, we’re supposed to use all this training to defeat Rita in awesome kung fu battles, right?
  • ZORDON: No. This training is for armor. You will never use these skills. You’re just bonding with each other so you can summon your armor using the power of heart.
  • JASON: Why do we need armor? We already have superpowers. We can leap fifty feet in the air and survive getting punched in the face by giant rock monsters. I destroyed a sink by grabbing it too hard. What does armor do for us?
  • ZORDON: It lets you win narratively important fights.
  • JASON: But why can’t our superpowers and martial arts training do that already?
  • ZORDON: Because it’s not the armor! You need the armor so you can win fights.
  • JASON: Fine, whatever. At least we get to use our martial arts skills while wearing the stupid armor. How many fights are we going to have while wearing it?
  • ZORDON: None.
  • JASON: What?!
  • ZORDON: The armor will never actually be relevant to anything and you will never use your martial arts skills. The final battles will revolve entirely around piloting giant robots.
  • JASON: But we’ve never done any training in the giant robots! We’ve been practicing martial arts for this entire film! Can’t we at least have ONE actual hand-to-hand fight?!
  • ZORDON: Fine. I’ll grant you one fight.
  • JASON: Thank you.
  • ZORDON: Which you will spend getting overwhelmed until someone shows up in a giant robot to finish it.
  • JASON: But—
  • ZORDON: DO NOT ARGUE WITH THE GIANT ROBOTS!!!

edited 22nd Aug '17 11:28:35 AM by TobiasDrake

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SonOfSharknado Love is Love is Love Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
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Aug 22nd 2017 at 11:31:24 AM

So you just wouldn't have made a Power Rangers movie.

You would have then been fired for not making a Power Rangers movie, because you were paid to write a Power Rangers movie.

See, I can snark, too.

My various fanfics.
TobiasDrake Exposition Dragon from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Aug 22nd 2017 at 11:32:51 AM

Basically, yes!

The best part of this Power Rangers movie is when it's not being a Power Rangers movie. So this movie should probably have just not been a Power Rangers movie, and something else should have been the Power Rangers movie.

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Aug 22nd 2017 at 11:33:14 AM Have you any dreams you'd like to sell?
Jun 1st 2018 at 9:06:56 AM

So for those not aware, Hasbro recently acquired the license to Power Rangers. Despite the fact that a sequel to the 2017 movie seems unlikely, Hasbro still has hopes for more Power Rangers movies.

[url]https://io9.gizmodo.com/now-that-it-owns-power-rangers-hasbro-has-hopes-for-ne-1826480640[/url]

Jun 1st 2018 at 12:17:46 PM

[up]But why do another origin? Look, I get not everyone was down for the entirety of the Breakfast Club bits but that film went over way better than it had any right too. Just go from there since you’re at the good stuff like Tommy already.

And stop trying to make the Hasbroverse a thing! The failure of ROM and Jem comics should have made it clear no one wants one!

edited 1st Jun '18 12:18:20 PM by Beatman1

"That's right kid. Never play an ace when a two will do."
Jun 1st 2018 at 12:35:29 PM

The article mentions neither a new origin nor the Hasbroverse.

Jun 1st 2018 at 12:37:37 PM

[up]The former is just my immediate red flag with clearing the slate. I mean, if you’re getting rid of everyone and restarting whole cloth, if they do, it makes no sense from their perspective to start in the middle.

The latter is just Hasbro in general, since they’ve been trying to do it with comics for a while now and failed at every step.

"That's right kid. Never play an ace when a two will do."
Jun 1st 2018 at 12:50:12 PM

The former is just my immediate red flag with clearing the slate.

I mean, if you’re getting rid of everyone and restarting whole cloth, if they do, it makes no sense from their perspective to start in the middle.

There’s no mention this is what they’ll be doing. All that’s been said is Hasbro wants more Power Rangers movies. Maybe they’ll go for a clean slate, maybe they won’t. for now we don’t know.

The latter is just Hasbro in general, since they’ve been trying to do it with comics for a while now and failed at every step.
And no mention of this is in the article either.

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Fight It Out!
Jun 1st 2018 at 4:34:46 PM

And stop trying to make the Hasbroverse a thing! The failure of ROM and Jem comics should have made it clear no one wants one!

By that logic, they should've never made MTME / Lost Light comics, since Michael Bay films have proved that there's no such thing as "Good transformer media"

Flawed Logic is Flawed.

Jun 1st 2018 at 4:46:44 PM

The Jem comics were also really damn good.

As for the origin thing, the good thing about Power Rangers is there's literally any number of series they could draw from for the next attempt at a movie.

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Fight It Out!
Jun 1st 2018 at 4:51:51 PM

The weird thing about a reboot, is I can kinda see it. The last movie's weirdly at its best when it's being the Breakfast Club, and the Rangers learning to be friends and to know each other. When it becomes Power Rangers... it just becomes Generic. The fight scenes were meh. The Megazord was fucking awful. The only elements that worked on the Power Rangers side of thing were Zordon and Rita's reinterpretation.

I can kinda see it hard to continue a PR film franchise where the Rangers are at their most interesting when they are not the Rangers.

Jun 1st 2018 at 5:02:56 PM

[up]I would argue that being past that since the first movie was focused so much on (fairly well done IMO) character development and introduction means the second movie can be more action focused and less generic about it.

But for all I know they’re going to do sort of a soft reboot like The Incredible Hulk where the first movie happened in Broad Strokes and they just change the actors around.

"That's right kid. Never play an ace when a two will do."
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Night Terrier
Jun 1st 2018 at 7:10:55 PM

One thing that could be interesting is that if Tommy becomes the Green Ranger, what Zord will he have? Will it be the regular Dragonzord or very different? Besides that, maybe he could become the White Ranger instead?

I wouldn't mind if they went more Dairanger with the Thunder Zords, but still kept the MMPR colors. Kind of a mishmash of designs. Besides that, Lord Zedd could be interesting. Will Serpenterra be used? Is he going to be a lost ranger too? There's a lot they can go with.

edited 1st Jun '18 7:22:36 PM by Irene

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Jun 1st 2018 at 7:23:50 PM

One thing that could be interesting is that if Tommy becomes the Green Ranger, what Zord will he have?

Is there a particular reason he wouldn't have the Dragonzord since the movie didn't change the zords?

TobiasDrake Exposition Dragon from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Jun 1st 2018 at 7:32:38 PM

I don't think the movie's unsalvageable. Yes, it's at its best when it's being The Breakfast Club, but the bits leading up to the Power Rangers part are good too. The kids playing around with superpowers, the training sequence, even the drama with Zordon is pretty neat. The just need to make the Ranger parts of the next movie more like this:

And less like all that garbage in the third act.

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Jul 9th 2018 at 7:18:35 AM

Looks like this sequel, at least another of this series with the same cast isn't happening. sad

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Aug 8th 2018 at 3:55:09 AM

I am so fucking happy right now.

They do have medals for almost, and they're called silver!
Aug 8th 2018 at 6:36:23 AM

Well, I’m not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth.

"That's right kid. Never play an ace when a two will do."
Mario1995 from Atlanta Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Aug 8th 2018 at 6:58:38 AM

This part of the production deal with Paramount?

"The devil's got all the good gear. What's God got? The Inspiral Carpets and nuns. Fuck that." - Liam Gallagher
TobiasDrake Exposition Dragon from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Aug 8th 2018 at 7:22:46 AM

Shut up and take my money.

No, but seriously, like 4/5 of the first film was phenomenal. If they can keep the emphasis on the character-driven aspects and just work on making the suited up and Zord sequences look and feel less stupid, this franchise really can be a hit.

90's-style Teenagers WITH ATTITUDE have never been so compelling as that first movie.

Edited by TobiasDrake on Aug 8th 2018 at 8:25:45 AM

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Baby dango
Aug 8th 2018 at 7:33:04 AM

Well, considering the most common complaint about the first movie was the lack of the Power Rangers actually being Power Rangers, while the most common praise was the character-driven part. There need to be a balance between the character-driven part and the action scenes, which would be easier considering they already done the origin and establishing relationships out of the way.


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