The Big Picture: No No Power Rangers

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No No Power Rangers

MovieBob is a tad confused over the reaction over the announcement of a new Power Rangers movie.

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Wait there are people EXCITED about a Power Rangers movie? After the last few awful seasons put out by Saban? I'm entirely not hyped mostly because I have no faith it'll come out well. Hopefully I'm wrong, but I just don't see them putting in the time, money, or effort. Maybe partnering with an actual movie studio will get the Saban productions to bother to work and hire actors who can act, but Iunno.

Just to let everyone in the comments know. Don't start asking Linkara when the next History of Power Rangers is coming out.

I loved Power Rangers as a kid, even realizing how cheap and campy it was. But I'm not excited because with current Hollywood fucking up characters like Superman, Power Rangers movie being crap is a foregone conclusion.

Not gonna lie, I think Bob did a good job with this episode what with the calling out people cringing at the prospect of a Power Rangers reboot while fawning over other, just as geeky, things themselves.

It probably helps that I was a huge power rangers fan growing up, though I was more ambivalent than anything else at the prospect of the reboot.

I'm exited about a first season Power Rangers movie, I was rather old when they came, but somehow it was something different from what I had as a kid, so I've taken a liking on them. I'm not gonna roll my eyes on it, but I'm not gonna drool on the floor for them either. Let's wait and see.

Is it too late to ask for a Biker Mice from Mars re-launch? I wouldn't mind a new cartoon now.

Or S.W.A.T. Kats for that matter. Or the Centurions... I better stop derailing...

I don't know... I sorta grew up with the first season (If I understand correctly this is the one they're attempting to reboot on the movie) and still don't think its a good idea. I'll wait and see what happens, but I don't think it end well.

Let the fans have their fun I say. Despite being the right age for them, I was only remotely aware of the Power Rangers but I stopped noticing their existence after the early noughties, so I'm out of it's audience.

Yeah, I don't see a Power Rangers being all that good honestly, and I was a fan as a kid. I mean, do you think a grim-dark Power Rangers would be any good? I certainly don't, yet we all know that thats a likely scenario. I just can't see it being good as anything more than a goofy, extremely fan-servicey movie with lots of dumb action poses, and honestly, I don't that that'll work for anybody who isn't already a big fan or below the age of ten. I don't think that it'll necessarily be bad, it just won't be Iron Man or Captain America, and thats even with an optimistic projection that they hire somebody who gives a shit and they don't do the dark,gritty reboot thing.

My excitement for it depends on one really, really big question. Is Judd Lynn attached to it?

He is basically the guy who made the best seasons of the show the best seasons of the show (after the hey a live action, action series thing wore off after the first few seasons)

BTW Ron Wasserman and MovieBob in one video, that is awesome.

I really liked Power Rangers as a kid but I also really liked the Gen X stuff like Transformers and Xmen and all that.. probably because I'm awkwardly in between generations, not really old enough for Gen X, but not really young enough for Millennial. I was excited (and then disappointed) by Transformers movies, I love the comic book based movies, but I could care less about a Power Rangers movie.

I wouldn't say I was a fan of Power Rangers, I watched way back when it first premiered in the states.

It's just that with how horrendously low the quality was, the show was a train wreck you just couldn't look away from.

Yeah, if someone really wants to see it, and someone really wants to make it, who am I to tell them no? I'm not going to see it though, despite loving the original series and movie as a kid. It's just not my thing anymore.

Ken_J:
Just to let everyone in the comments know. Don't start asking Linkara when the next History of Power Rangers is coming out.

Speaking of Linkara, what was his reaction to this news?

Fun Fact: the Power Rangers movie was the first one I saw alone, because my sisters and mom wanted to see Pocahontas instead. This also means I get to play the hipster card here 'ugh, I saw it with the original cast'.

My big question here is: does anyone really still care? Power Rangers is something you very easily grow out of, and it's trying to reboot the original series.

The revenge of all the people who didn't have anything better to watch. Put some effort into your kid's entertainment.

I'm 26 years old and I would still marathon all seasons of Power Rangers because of how much I love the series. I say: bring on the movie.

regardless of my nostalgia for the show, this is probably not going to end well.

I am only slightly younger then Bob (31 to his 33) and was a fan due to my love of Giant Stompy Robots and of Martial arts movies. so I am not 100% sure this is an age thing. Unless you consider Bob and I being on the cusp of it and it caught me but not him.

oh I loved how the MMPR theme was edited in btw, good call on that!

What would the movie be like? Am thinking dark and gritty with zero silliness. If thats the case then no point making a movie. Never get why hollywood does that, make movies based on old shows and books and then totally ignore the source material completely. I guess the point is they are greedy arseholes that dont give a shit about the source material.

Err does anyone got the link of that super Sentai clip which appear that every Sentai are fighting each other?

I'm 25 and loved the show as a kid.

As long as the Power Rangers film is over the top, well animated in the CG department (Or AMAZINGLY coreographed if it's done old costume fight style) and has a proper level of tension but doesn't take itself INSANELY seriously, I'll go check it out. Oh and it can't have a mediocre and poorly written script like the 2 latter Transformer films, I don't want to watch the same movie 2 more times, mkay?

As long as it's fun, I'll go watch and enjoy it probably!

I'm just as confused; as a 31 year old millennial (right on the line between Gen X and Y) I found the Power Rangers show to be horrendous and I put it up there with Barney & Friends as being some of the most terrible things of my childhood.

SonOfVoorhees:
What would the movie be like? Am thinking dark and gritty with zero silliness. If thats the case then no point making a movie. Never get why hollywood does that, make movies based on old shows and books and then totally ignore the source material completely. I guess the point is they are greedy arseholes that dont give a shit about the source material.

As long as the film is good, I don't see how not being faithful to the source material is problem.

If in the comics, Batman were a lower class, social recluse with living parents, it wouldn't make the Dark Knight a bad film.

Jofe:
I don't know... I sorta grew up with the first season (If I understand correctly this is the one they're attempting to reboot on the movie) and still don't think its a good idea.

More or less this. I remember watching Power Rangers when I was younger, but I never thought of it as cinematic quality as a show. It was silliness and toys tied together by really bad acting. This is not the kind of series I would expect to get a modern reboot. It's not that it's too geeky or childish or niche, it's just bad.

...Rescue Rangers I might be more willing to support.

Kyogissun:
I'm 25 and loved the show as a kid.

As long as the Power Rangers film is over the top, well animated in the CG department (Or AMAZINGLY coreographed if it's done old costume fight style) and has a proper level of tension but doesn't take itself INSANELY seriously, I'll go check it out. Oh and it can't have a mediocre and poorly written script like the 2 latter Transformer films, I don't want to watch the same movie 2 more times, mkay?

As long as it's fun, I'll go watch and enjoy it probably!

Well they did that already, and it was Mystery Science Theater levels of bad.
Which is exactly how it should be.

I still don't know how I feel about the news. I definitely enjoyed power rangers and similar things like Beetleborgs, but I have not gotten that "OMG this is happening!" that I got with Pacific Rim or Godzilla.

I guess it is partly because it has not really gone away like Godzilla had. The series is still going, though I don't know how popular is these days with their target audience.

The closest I have gotten to that feeling was when I was watching Samurai Flamenco and seeing some of those tropes play out. I guess I'll see how I feel when it is actually close to being released. That said I can't imagine them doing it without having Jason David Frank show up for a cameo.

I remember my friends and I would have awesome battles between our Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles. I remember Power Rangers and Dragon Ball Z as the two awesome fighting shows when I was much younger. Not being one who watched much after the first Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, I'll probably watch the movie the same way as my dad watches the Marvel movies.

Besides, it can be hard to make an already cheesy and predictable product any worse. Those who get all bent out of shape if they don't like the upcoming movie really need to remember that paying the rent is more important than a campy show from their youth.

I've reviewed way too many Power Rangers DVDs over the nearly decade I've been a critic, and the last series isn't bad, for what it is. I actually enjoyed RPM, which was another recent incarnation. It gives me hope that the movie might be fun.

80's 90's cartoons and childrens shows suck. All of them. (Except Gargoyles)

Just wait until people are selling the kids nowadays their nostalgia back. Then we're going to get some awesome films. Kim Possible is going to rock the world so hard the GI Joe films go away and cry themselves to sleep, asking why their entire existence was so pointless and forgettable.

(Power Rangers were my generation's thing. They sucked even then)

IT IS WEIRD for me, when I'm 22, and both the 90's and 80's culture is something that were part of my childhood. Since I'm from brazil, those two (and some 70's too) were on tv with no qualms with each other, and everyone loved both Power Rangers (and not just the fucking first season) and Dragon Ball Z, and Dungeons and Dragons(the cartoon), and Goonies, and Spider-man animated series, and...

Well, you get what I mean. I suppose that is part of the reason why I grew up to love everything so much, from Transformers movies to Lord of The Rings, all the way to Star Wars prequels and sequels and anime and stuff.
And now they come up with a Power Rangers reboot, and I feel like it could go either way (darker or silly), and I'm probably gonna love it anyway.

edit:
My favorite season so far is Space Patrol Delta btw.

MCerberus:

Kyogissun:
I'm 25 and loved the show as a kid.

As long as the Power Rangers film is over the top, well animated in the CG department (Or AMAZINGLY coreographed if it's done old costume fight style) and has a proper level of tension but doesn't take itself INSANELY seriously, I'll go check it out. Oh and it can't have a mediocre and poorly written script like the 2 latter Transformer films, I don't want to watch the same movie 2 more times, mkay?

As long as it's fun, I'll go watch and enjoy it probably!

Well they did that already, and it was Mystery Science Theater levels of bad.
Which is exactly how it should be.

I really hope you're not just pointing at the original english film, because I thought it would be assumed that the general consensus is that one 'is' pretty mediocre.

Uriel_Hayabusa:
Not gonna lie, I think Bob did a good job with this episode what with the calling out people cringing at the prospect of a Power Rangers reboot while fawning over other, just as geeky, things themselves.

It probably helps that I was a huge power rangers fan growing up, though I was more ambivalent than anything else at the prospect of the reboot.

Same here. While I also have my own set of Turtles and Transformers that I watched growing up I could always kind of see how something like that could transform into a somewhat serious, if ridiculous at times, movie. Power Rangers though. Its just so nakedly commercial and over the top that I'm scared of what they might try to do. Hell I don't want them to try and "grow it up" or market it at us now 20-30 year olds who watched it in the 90s. It should be aimed at, as it always has been, younger kids. Though I am hoping that if nothing else it gets a competent action director. Some of the fight scenes in the show were pretty top notch, especially the Forever Red special. A big budget version of those minus shakey cam of course. Del Toro also showed us just how good and awesome giant CGI robots vs. giant CGI monsters can be. Give me that plus stupidly silly but stupidly awesome special weapons and attacks from both sides and we could have Pacific Rim levels of awesome.

In the end I'm worried but I can't help but notice I'm growing more psyched with each passing day. My one thing would be don't make Jason David Frank the Green/White Ranger. Have him do a cameo at least. That would be fan service.

I'm a part of that demographic this reboot is supposed to target and I'm not terribly excited by it, mainly due to the previous live-action movies. Then again, I'm not immune to the nostalgia since hell yes Rescue Rangers movie.

Next on the list, Gargoyles. Bring that back already.

While I too feel somewhat apprehensive about the idea of a new Power Rangers movie, that's largely due to my own experiences. I remember when the first two big-screen PR films first came out and I didn't enjoy either of them. So if I say I'm not looking forward to a third, it's only because this franchise has, in my eyes, not done so well in terms of their movie outings so far.

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