Since we’ve got the newest Power Rangers movie coming up next week and since I grew up in the 90s and like with most boys my age, Power Rangers was the shit, I figure we reminisce and look at the two Power Rangers movies and see how well they hold up over 20 years after their releases?
Judging by how most 90s stuff doesn’t hold up, don’t expect too much and so let’s begin with Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (also known as Power Rangers: The Movie) is a 1995 American superhero film based on the television series of the same name. It stars the ensemble cast of Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, and David Yost.
Much like the television season that followed the release, it used concepts from the Japanese Super Sentai series Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. It is the first Power Rangers production from Saban Entertainment not to feature any archived footage from Super Sentai.
It was released by 20th Century Fox on 30 June 1995. The film grossed $66.43 million worldwide, but received middling and polarizing reviews from critics.
Six teenagers Tommy, Kimberly, Adam, Billy, Rocky and Aisha have discovered the power to fight the forces of evil. A giant egg is unearthed in Angel Grove. Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa investigate the egg, and release the creature inside – Ivan Ooze, whom Zordon had trapped him inside the egg six thousand years ago. Once released, Ooze left to seek revenge on Zordon. And now Zordon in his crystalline deathbed is dying because he has no power, without the power then Zordon of Eltar will never existed. Now the fate of the universe is in their hands. But this time the Power Rangers head for a distant planet to meet up with a bikini-clad warrior babe named Dulcea who imparts ancient wisdom and power. But now that they have their powers back and becomes Power Rangers once more they will now get back to business and defeat Ivan Ooze at all costs.
I’m fully admitting that I was a fan of the original Power Rangers series but like with most of the things that I liked, I stuck around for the original Power Rangers series and then headed on out after the newer incarnations came around. So, when this movie was coming out, I was pumped, I couldn’t wait to see it on a big screen and….I never got the chance, it was already out of theaters before we could see it and instead we saw Free Willy 2, and if you’ve followed me long enough, that was the first movie I ever remember not liking.
But that’s for another review, I did eventually see the Power Rangers movie on video and liked it but again, I was 6, I liked anything back then….except for Free Willy 2…not it’s 22 years later and…
….yeah, it’s a piece of shit. Okay, I won’t go that far, it’s a piece of shit that’s not as bad as the OTHER piece of shit Power Rangers movie.
Like with Space Jam, there are elements of this that I do like in this but the overall plot and outcome is just ridiculously stupid.
For one thing, the suits definitely have gotten a big upgrade compared to the way they looked on the TV series, the suits the Rangers wear are awesome looking in this and they still hold up. In fact, a lot of the elements you can tell have a bigger budget to it than the TV show did, the command center looked a lot better, Alpha looked a lot better, Zordon looked a lot better. Those are the scenes where you can definitely tell the budget went into this…too bad the rest of the movie looks like garbage.
I mean, the rest of this is just bad. For one thing, the CG effects in this are bad, really bad, these effects just look horrendous, it’s like they made all the effects for the creatures on a MS DOS computer game, that’s how bad the effects looked in this. The creatures and the zords look like garbage, there were way better movies coming out at the time that had way better CG effects than this. Hell, there were TV shows on at that time with better special effects than this. I will say the skeleton action sequence still holds up.
The biggest problem with the movie is that the villain’s motivation has no purpose. He wants to take over the world but in order to do it, he has to manipulate the parents of Angel Grove with ooze and that turns into zombies who can’t be changed back unless they are dosed in water by a kid whose parent is one of the zombies is able to drive a train to the construction site on his own. And then, the Rangers have to send Ivan Ooze, who has somehow taken over one of his own creatures to become a bigger threat, to space to be kicked in the nuts into Ryan’s Comet. Does any of this make any sense whatsoever?
NO, of course not, is it cool to look at? Yes, when you’re 6 and you don’t know any better because you’re a kid but as an adult, you’re gonna notice these kind of things.
Like I said, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie is a bad movie but it’s not the really bad Power Rangers movie, just wait until we get to the next movie. The problems with the movie come from a lackluster story, bad villain development, some pretty cheap looking CG effects. It’s like they spend the $15 million budget…that’s right, this thing had a $15 million budget to it…just on the suits and upgrading the command center and going for more exotic locations than what the show is used to having. There are some arguably enjoyable moments like the action scenes are silly but fun to watch and Paul Freeman’s Ivan Ooze does get a couple of decent laughs in there. But overall, this does not hold up as well as you’d think.
BUT on the plus side, this movie was my introduction to Van Halen’s epic, Dreams:
So for that, I’ll give it an extra star for that, what are we at now, 2? 2.5?
Overall, not a good movie but certainly a lackluster one to say the least. Certainly a lot better than the next Power Rangers movie was.
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