Two car accidents. Do we really need TWO car accidents in one film. Someone is showing off.
As for the characters? I get it. One boy is a rebel and so is one of the girls but all are detention room regulars. One is smart but 'on the spectrum', one is smart, Asian and knows Kung Fu. Then their is another kid. Of course they have parents who don't understand them and of course they all find a way to just happen to be hanging out together when they find a spaceship in and underground cavern. Totally contrived in a nostalgic kind of way. Brian Cranston must have been doing a favor for his children by taking the role of Zordon. It fun to watch him say the lines with his tongue clearly planted in his cheek. He knows it's a goof but he's totally game for it.
The story is pretty standard and could have been only written by committee because you can see every single plot point coming from around the corner. But I can forgive that because they are building a fan base here and if they have to dumb things down to do that it's okay with me. The original could be understood by even the dumbest kid in class.
The movie also makes a point of not containing a single swear word in situations where teens would usually be as foul mouthed as sailors, especially the girls.
Zords are pretty cool and its fun to see them in action as well. They can both take and do a lot of damage. Unfortunately they are filmed like Transformers with quick cuts that take the viewer totally out of the action for the most part though the final Megazord battle was well done.
The fact that Rita build a creature to fight for her out of GOLD makes little sense but then it not supposed too. She also eats gold and collects it to make her big GOLD monster. Why gold? Only the softest metal around. I know it's suppose to be GOLDAR but this new GOLDAR is lame and a wasted opportunity. He's just a giant monster to add to the damage to the town which of course can be repaired when the dead gold monster is melted down. Now I get it.
I actually enjoyed this one. Is it goofy? Yes? Will your roll your eyes? Yes? Will you enjoy the process? Yes, indeed you will. The life lessons were hammered over your head but the values of trust and friendship can never be passed to the children enough. And this one is best seen with a child or several of them on a Saturday afternoon. The filmmakers understood what they were making and gave both old and new fans something to share with each other. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Some cool cameos were a nice touch too.