From the moment certain films are scripted and announced, they are owed an Honest Trailer. Whether you like to admit it or not, Power Rangers was definitely one of those films, as it had a certain level of expectations set before its release. But while the film took its subject matter seriously, it did manage to put together some characters whose descriptions almost sound like they were Mad Lib-ed into existence. Watch the Honest Trailer for the film below, and you'll see what we mean.
Don't the character descriptions just tumble off of the lips? Kimberly's description as a "cliff-diving cheerleader sexter" almost sounds like a trendy new band name, to be honest, but at the same time those are the characteristics that match her to a tee in the film's script. Though Zack's "trailer park Asian wild-card hobo" rundown almost puts that to shame in terms of being all over the place. Who would have ever thought we'd be in a place in Power Rangers history where Jason's "guy who doesn't want to play football" would be the most normal outcast of the bunch.
In fact, the entire crew's label-laden roll call entries do sound like their characters were put together using the typical teen movie mash-ups of stability and flaws, which would ultimately push such characters towards being edgy heroes in the first place. Though if you're looking for this dissection of Power Rangers to totally trash the film based on that gag, you're looking in the wrong place. Of course, this is despite the fact that "death metal yoga lesbian," and "autistic, black, country music-loving hacker" round out the rest of the eclectically plotted Rangers on the team.
Snark aside, Screen Junkies' dose of truthiness managed to stay pretty positive, and they suggest that any possible Power Rangers sequel could focus on the rebuilding of Angel Grove. Seeing as, in typical Rangers fashion, there was a knock-down, drag-out robot fight in the middle of the sleepy town, now's as good a time as any to promote a story of civic duty among youngsters putting themselves together. Also, it'd probably be a good time to update the town to be more like the bustling metropolis of the future we've seen Angel Grove depicted as in previous films and series.
But getting back to the honesty in this Honest Trailer, not only did the Rangers seem a bit weird, but Rita Repulsa's whole deal with trying to locate the gold to make Goldar does jar us all the more when watching the clips lined up in a row. Which leads us to some more notes for any potential Power Rangers sequel, as there's two things we could stand to see: a villain that isn't obsessed with precious metals, and the possibility of Bryan Cranston's Zordon re-materializing into a body, only to throw down with the film's climactic villain. After all, if you can make characters with weirdly diverse character traits such as these work so well, surely you can give Cranston some action on the side.
Power Rangers is currently available on Digital HD, and will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on June 27. Check Google for your local Krispy Kreme locations, just in case you want to make it a real party.
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