Movie Review: An amusing teen fantasy slowly morphs into a clunky reboot in Power Rangers

In the old Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV show, the spandex-suited heroes fought many bizarre creations: a time-traveling cactus, a rapping upside-down jack-o’-lantern, a pineapple-octopus hybrid named Pineoctopus that could also take the form of a clown, and a killer clutch purse with a lipstick sidekick. In their big-screen reboot, they fight a big, lumbering goopy molten gold thing. Its name is Goldar, which was also the name of a villain on the TV show who looked like one of the Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys on steroids. This Goldar also has wings, but that’s about all it’s got going for it; the effects are ugly, so the monster looks less liquid metal and more Velveeta cheese. As for the Power Rangers, their suits look like they’re made out of bowling balls. They barely even get to wear them, and only in the last 20 minutes …

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