Column: Are we on the verge of a Power Rangers rebirth?

Power Rangers Official Trailer – It’s Morphin Time!

#ItsMorphinTime! ⚡ Watch the NEW official #PowerRangersMovie trailer now – In theaters March 24.

Posted by Power Rangers Movie on Thursday, 19 January 2017

The new SABAN’S POWER RANGERS trailer makes me happy.

I didn’t exactly fall into the camp which disliked the previous trailer, in fact I quite liked its tone and the way it was shot. However, there was a slight worry that the characters and the action scenes might fall short of what Power Rangers is supposed to be. The new trailer changes all that.

With the final verdict on the movie still on the cards before its debut in two months, it might still be a bit too early to be overly positive about things. However, as it looks, we’re getting exactly what director Dean Israelite promised when he described the tone of the movie as ‘mature but playful‘. With more action scenes, a glimpse at the youthful dynamic between our heroes and appearances by key supporting characters such as Zordon, Alpha 5 and Rita Repulsa all barking up the nostalgia tree, the movie is looking more and more like an appropriate contemporary update to the original series.

Personally, this is exactly what I hoped we would get. Mainstream summer action movie thoroughfare without throwing away the essence of what makes Power Rangers. It represents a wonderful opportunity to reinvent and expand the Power Rangers franchise for a new generation of fans. With Lionsgate declaring their interest in making multiple sequels, one must wonder if our Rangers can truly become more than just a half-hour children’s TV programme.

Power Rangers has traditionally played it safe, preferring to stick to a tried-and-true formula that won the hearts of children back in the day. I see the same intention here from the filmmakers, ‘playing it safe’ by attempting to attract casual moviegoers with familiar action movie tropes, while easing them into Power Rangers with the genre elements. Some fans may disagree, but let’s be honest, we were never ever going to get the spandex suits and rubber monsters from the TV series. It’s just unfathomable to think that the producers would risk the economical fate of their movie by relying on the stereotypical aesthetic of the TV show which is, let’s face it, not for everyone.

Power Rangers nostalgia still runs strong amongst the general 20-30 something crowd, though the longstanding faithful would have spent hours trying to convince them that the show was something more than just the flashy elements, that there existed a greater shared universe of characters we cared about, who had incredible heroic compassion few superheroes can match and whom we wanted to see win their battles again & again. As a fan, I’m happy there stands a chance of Power Rangers being once again a product with mass appeal, rather than a niche that only a few would understand.

With better production value and hopefully better writing than what we’ve been accustomed to with the regular series, perhaps the upcoming Power Rangers movie can be that window to our world that we’ve always wanted the rest of the world to see. Maybe a feature film adaptation of Countdown to Destruction isn’t as far-fetched as we think.

Saban’s Power Rangers opens in Singapore on March 23, 2017