I was a big fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon show in the 1980s and enjoyed the first two attempts at a live-action motion picture (It’s Raph! … Yeah, a little too Raph.). As the years went by, the Turtles lived ion in various forms and adaptations, although I moved on from them and left that part of my youth behind. Then came word there was going to be a brand new live-action TMNT movie. OK, I’m interested. Let’s give it a chance.
The anticipation I had for that film was ultimately met with a resounding “Yawn,” similar to what many came away from Batman V. Superman after years of waiting to see the Dark Knight square off with The Man of Steel. I have yet to see the sequel to the latest TMNT reboot series, which featured characters TMNT fans have waited decades to see on the big screen (Krang, Beebop and Rocksteady), but I have not heard too many overly glowing reviews about it since last summer.
There was another martial arts guilty pleasure I had back in the 1990s with the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. My time watching the Power Rangers was much shorter, but I do recall following the introduction of the Green Ranger and his change over to the White Ranger. After that, I moved on and the Power Rangers went on to release their own movie with the TV cast, introduce new Power rangers to a growing universe with more TV shows and movies. But now it is going back to square one with a brand new Power Rangers movie that digs into the nostalgia of the original series with familiar characters played by new actors and the expected upgrades in visual presentation and design.
After being burned by reboots of childhood favorites of the past (from Super Mario Brothers to Transformers to the Ninja Turtles), I was naturally skeptical about the intrigue I would actually have for a movie about a series I had minimal attachment to growing up. The first trailer didn’t do much for me, but the second trailer has swayed me.
Is it going to be corny? Yeah, of course, it will be. Then again, so was the original series. But as I say in the video, this looks like there is some potential for a fun viewing experience, and that’s all I would be looking for. I don’t need another franchise to get caught up in an expanded cinematic universe for the sake of reminding me there are other things going on in a cinematic universe. I have that covered with Marvel and DC. Just go do your thing Power Rangers, and best of luck with it.
I’m not sure I’ll end up seeing this in the theater or not (I probably will not), but I will be more than willing to guess this will satisfy Power Rangers fans more than recent attempts at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters have their longtime fans.