If you had told me I would break my hiatus on this blog (apologies, work has been crazy) to write a glowing review of the Power Rangers Movie, I’d have laughed at you. But I saw it the other day and was left with a profound sense of happiness and contentment.
Power Rangers, plot holes and at times unconvincing acting aside, was a dramatically inclusive movie. The majority of the rangers were people of color who were real and genuine people. The Black Ranger, Zack is an Asian man who’s being raised apparently by a single mother who is terminally ill. Trini the Yellow Ranger is a reclusive young woman with a variety of issues, but is also dealing with being queer in a family that strives for normalcy and tradition. Billy the Blue Ranger not only is dealing with his father’s death, but is doing so while on the Autism Spectrum. Not that the Red Ranger, dealing with the expectations of his father and the Pink Ranger dealing with her own issues with friends stemming from a nude photo being sent don’t have struggles, but the depth and humanity of the characters of color was refreshing in an industry that often caricatures these groups, when they get a role at all. (Looking at you Ghost in the Shell).
Power Rangers by contrast came off as earnest and energetic and real. As a teacher i could relate to those characters. They looked like my students. They could have been my students. This is the kind of representation that every movie should have. A diverse and real cast.
So go see Power Rangers and look past the flaws and see the humanity shining bright.