Michael's Movie Grade:C
Review: A surprisingly good movie, even if it is far from a great one.
What surprisingly works well here is the characters and the emotional moments. This almost feels more like a Breakfast Club like movie, with teenagers who happen to be superheroes. Scenes like the one around the campfire as well as the Red and Pink Rangers speaking in his bedroom, were surprisingly kind of touching. To a much different extant Rita was an over the top and quite fun villain. I kind of miss these over-the-top villains and this one was definitely fun.
This film did however delve into a few clichés that I am so tired of and don't want to see anymore. One of these is a terribly written school bully, who is simply a walking stereotype of a school bully. Another one is (without giving anything away (not that you can't see it coming in the first place)) a scene where they try to make you think the film is going to do something we all know it isn't. Also surprisingly with how good the characters and emotional scenes are the big action scene is kind of underwhelming. It isn't bad but it could be much better.
I would complain about the Krispy Kreme product placement, but it was so ridiculous, I found it funny instead of annoying. There is even a scene where Rita stops in the middle of an action scene to eat a doughnut. Again this so over the top and silly that instead of finding this annoying it is downright funny.
Overall a good movie, even if it is far from a great one.
-Michael J. Ruhland.