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'Power Rangers' Early Buzz: Mighty, Morphin, Mixed

'Power Rangers' Early Buzz: Mighty, Morphin, Mixed
From Slashfilm - March 20, 2017

The new Power Rangers movie hits theaters this week and the first reviews have begun to warp in. But are the critics assembling their Zords to do battle on behalf of the movie or against it? Right now, the early buzz seems mixed, with some critics praising the films action and sense of humor, while others saythat weve seen this kind of movie too many times before. Lets take a closer look at the first Power Rangers reviews have to say.

The Hollywood Reporters Justin Lowe was very positive on the film, noting that the films sense of humor helps smooth over rough edges:

Whether theyre dealing with bullying, alienation or sexual orientation, these teens are more three-dimensional than their Ranger predecessors, but eventually this repetitive effort to emphasize their relatability becomes so heavy-handed as to appear transparently manipulative. However, some judiciously timed humor, frequently aimed at Billys tech obsessions or Zordons sarcastically judgmental attitude toward his young proteges, helps curtail the self-consciously jokey tone of the earlier films.

Owen Gleiberman at Variety was less positive, but he also recognizes the films charms:

After 90 minutes of hip and hollow teen banter, woefully generic origin story, and molehill-posing-as-mountain-size triumph (our heroes spend half the film learning how to morph, when all that comes down to is getting their color-coordinated chintzyplasticsci-fi armor suits to snap into place), Power Rangers finally uncorks one of those high-flying digital-blitzkrieg action finales that was mocked in Birdman asthe essence of blockbuster decadence. It is indeed, but to put it in movie-junk-food terms: Just because you know a sequence like this one is bad for you doesnt mean that its not fun to watch.

Alonso Duralde of The Wrap was very warm on the film, praising thecast and theaction:

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