“Saban’s Power Rangers” Has No Idea What to Be

The first scene in Saban’s Power Rangers features a joke about jerking off a bull; the movie never gets more clever or subtle.  It also probably never gets less weird.  Saban’s Power Rangers is full of clichés, takes forever to get going, and suffers from Transformers Syndrome (the dreaded disease where your million-dollar CGI results in indistinguishable characters and clumsy action sequences).  Still, there is a bombastic charm to the movie.  The director and five credited screenwriters don’t seem to worry if three training montages is too many, or care that using the theme song from the 1990s results in tonal whiplash.  Elements of the movie are undoubtedly stupid, but it has a nostalgic kind of irreverence about it, as if to say, “It’s Power Rangers, everyone.  Relax.”

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