If you were anywhere near social media during the weekend at the time of the Power Rangers trailer release, then you may have heard many people compare it to another film called Chronicle. Coincidentally, someone on Twitter wrote to the writer of Chronicle (Max Landis) and commented about how much the film looked like one he wrote. Here was his reply:
Yeah, it appears they hired the writer of Chronicle and he wrote a Power Rangers movie, so they fired him and made Chronicle instead. https://t.co/F8lVEJqoU5
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) October 9, 2016
If you’ve seen Chronicle, then there is an argument to be made that the new Power Rangers movie does look a lot like it. The darker tones, rebellious teenagers, and heavier content. It’s all there. However, one could also counter with the fact that the Power Rangers were around way before Chronicle was ever a thing. So you could say that Chronicle drew influence from Power Rangers. Which ever way you feel, the fact of the matter is that Chronicle currently holds a 7.1/10 rating on IMDB and is 85% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. If there’s anything to take away from this “controversy” it’s that comparing the new Power Rangers film to Chronicle should be taken as a compliment, and is a good thing. Here’s hoping that the end result will be just as favorable.
Here are some of the new images that were recently released:
At the forefront of the trailer, you may have noticed that Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly (Naomi Scott), and Billy (RJ Cyler) were featured more than Zack (Ludi Lin) and Trini (Becky G). That’s not surprising if you’ve ever seen the television show. Those characters always seemed to take the lead in many of their adventures. That’s not to say Trini or Zack were not needed. When called upon, each could hold their own. Don’t be surprised to see more from those two as the movie nears it’s debut in theaters. And while he may look the weakest on the outside, it was great to see that Cyler has found a way to channel the original Billy and incorporate it into his interpretation on the big screen.
It’s important to keep in mind that with all this early, high praise, it would be quite devastating if the movie were to fail in anyway – something that is totally possible at this point in time. An incoherent script, terrible acting, or bad editing; there are a lot of ways this film can land at the bottom of the barrel. But that won’t be known until the movie finally comes out on March 24, 2017. For now, enjoy the ride and keep your fingers crossed that someone doesn’t mess this up. If all goes well, it’s going to make a lot of kids who grew up during the 90’s really happy. Here’s the new synopsis to give yourself something to think about before you go:
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the very foe being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
Oh, and in case you missed it, here’s the new trailer that debuted at NYCC 2016: