Over the years Hollywood has rebooted, or considered rebooting, anything with a recognizable name and brand. And despite how very few remakes have lived up to the original in comparison, it seems like Hollywood will keep churning them out and milking franchises for as long as it’s somewhat profitable. This business practice has frustrated fans of the of the original properties being remade for years. The new and unnecessary remake of Ghostbusters is a prime example of how frustrated fans are of pointless reboots considering how disliked it has become since its announcement. But despite how we may feel about certain reboots of films and television series from our childhood, the truth is sometimes a reboot is not for us. We might not be the targeted audience for it. And in all honesty, sometimes a reboot could actually improve on the property being rebooted. So sometimes our protest against the new version of something from our childhood has more to do with our personal selfish feelings and fear of change than Hollywood exploiting something we once loved.
The new Power Rangers film currently being produced is a prime example of a property deserving of a reboot being bashed by older fans afraid of change. As a big budget reboot of the original 90’s Power Rangers, the new film gives the hit television show a new and updated spin. Very little information has been released about the new film other than how the suits and Rita Repulsa will look. Little information such as the suits being alien line up with the television show’s original premise. But that hasn’t stopped some from judging it before ever seeing how the film will actually look like first. The argument is that the new film is ruining their childhood memories of an early 90’s show that, in all honesty, looked awful to begin with. But the truth is this film is not for fans of the original series. It’s for a new generation that were probably too young to remember the Power Rangers.
A remake, in my opinion, should bring more to the table than just using the licensed name of an established property. And judging by how the film looks so far with it’s concept art and outfits, it has already succeeded in that. The original Power Rangers was made cheaply, but with a lot of heart in it. If this film is able to maintain that heart, then it will definitely justify its existence as a remake. Ever since seeing Pacific Rim I’d imagined how incredible a big budget Power Rangers film would look. We got a taste of it in a fan made film that was set in a grittier world. The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers can work as a remake because the original left a lot of room for improvement. And while the look of Rita and the Power Rangers outfits might be different from what older fans had at a younger age, why should we even care? It’s all about the execution of the film more than how it actually looks in this case. So comparing colorful jumpsuits to alien armor is as ridiculous as Rita Repulsa being taken seriously in her borderline Maleficent cosplay outfit.
The new Power Rangers film is trying something new with a dated property. It’s trying its best to bring an updated version of the original characters to screen. And while Power Rangers has consistently remained on air and has evolved far past its beginnings, a new change is welcomed by the open minded and current fans of the show still on air. So in other words, it doesn’t matter how they look in this case. The property is being taken serious, which is all we can ask for. Not every property from our childhood is sacred. And in this case, a remake is completely justified. So let’s embrace the film for what it will be instead of what we remember the Power Rangers as. Because it’s not like the original didn’t leave a lot of room for improvement. So if you enjoyed Power Rangers, or is currently still watching the show on air, then this movie is probably a welcomed addition to the lore. But if you’re dead bent on only reliving the eary 90’s version of the show and feel like a bigger budget remake will ruin your childhood, then this film is not for you. You’re not always the targeted audience. Deal with it.