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That's a big reason why pushing the first team morph to the very end of the movie was a mistake. They had a lot of decent character drama, but there was a complete lack of Power Rangers action and development of the villain's threat. In most series, the Rangers actually have a growing rivalry with the Big Bad, and the villain themselves have to work with their minions and change up their strategy. One of the advantages of the early seasons and keeping roughly the same characters was seeing them having to deal with new villains and new challenges. Something Linkara talks about in History of Power Rangers is that the villains need some psuedo-victory in order to give their eventual defeat more meaning, because to maintain Status Quo Is God the Rangers had to win the typical battle. Something also done is have the Rangers do a Fetch Quest for a new weapon that ties into their character arc, which benefits both the story and Merchandise-Driven. Once the movie set up its premise it just didn't have anything solid to latch on to except their eventual confrontation with Rita.
As for another reboot I'm not sure a full reboot or soft reboot would really work because the previous attempt was so recent. We shall see what happens with Ghostbusters: Afterlife but Terminator: Dark Fate didn't fare so well in large part because of the poor reception of Genysis. Letting a franchise cool down for a bit is just a smart move, let audiences want something new instead of push it on them.
The time travel thing is interesting...weren't we supposed to get a Time Force movie in the 2000s?
@Tobias: Plenty of the original Tokusatsu that Power Rangers adapt from have had perfectly fine Non Serial Movies for them.
Watched mostly Kamen Rider, but then, backstory, most powers and skills (except for an original movie one) are already known and estabilished in the series proper and the villain is a big one off. Given how most movies are, I doubt a Power Rangers one could do that and be good with the run time.
Edited by Blueace on Dec 14th 2019 at 8:30:24 AM
I would say the most recent movie did a pretty good job establishing the characters, the problem was making the actual Power Rangers stuff a slow burn for the final battle. I understand why they did it, but the pacing needed to be a bit faster and more action heavy.
I liked the characters and what they did, but for the average theatre-goer, the marquee said Power Rangers, not The Breakfast Club. So that threw people even if it wasn’t badly told at all.
Next film really needs to better mix the 2 halves.
And maybe go beyond just the original season but that's asking too much.
Edited by slimcoder on Dec 14th 2019 at 5:08:07 AM
I don't know if the problem was the slow burn to the Power Rangers stuff, but rather that the Power Rangers stuff wasn't very good. Like, we could have spent more time on the third-act Ranger action stuff, but that stuff is easily the worst part of the movie, so more of it doesn't sound like an improvement.
They tried something different with Rita to tie her into the "Becoming a Ranger" plot. I appreciate the effort. I see what they were trying to do, and I appreciate what they wanted out of this character.
But they screwed it up hard. The execution on the film's Rita and Goldar is easily the low point of the film. She's not really menacing; she's just gross and weird as she wanders aimlessly about town searching for a reason to exist in the plot. She spends half the film as a drifting murder-hobo because somebody in Hollywood is convinced that murder-hobos are terrifying and insists on constantly putting them in adaptations.
Villains are supposed to be immensely powerful threats that make the audience question how the hero can possibly prevail. Hobos are about as "underdog" as you can get. It's great that she's powerful enough to overpower the Rangers when they jump her out of costume, but that scene still kinda feels like a bunch of kids trying to beat up a homeless person.
Rita's powers are menacing, but Rita is not. Rita herself never feels like she's coming from a position of power and that undermines the film's efforts to make her into this insurmountable foe for the Rangers.
It's about scale. Rita isn't a conqueror or a warlord or such. Rita is a thug. The establishing character moment that shows us why we should be afraid of her consists of her robbing a jewelry store. That's not a scene that says this character is a global threat who must be defeated for the sake of the world. That's just crime. Rita is doing crime. Rita is a common criminal.
Edited by TobiasDrake on Dec 15th 2019 at 8:28:06 AM
The recent Power Rangers film is one of my favorite films I’ve seen in the last few years. But take my opinion with a grain of salt because I was never a fan of the series as a kid.
Right? Robbing jewelry stores is more in line with Divatox.
How did you get "murder-hobo" out of Rita's depiction?
Dressed in rags for most of the movie, covered in dirt. Weird skin condition. Literally homeless. Gets in people's personal space, creeps those around her.
Even whens he's "restored" her outfit is still mostly a broken down version of what was her armor.
Like, watch the jewelry store scene.
Edited by Ghilz on Dec 17th 2019 at 11:52:52 AM
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