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Movie Beat: “Saban’s Power Rangers” everything a remake should be
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Mar 25, 2017 | 670 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor

Screenplay by John Gatins, story by Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney. Based on "Power Rangers" created by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy

Directed by Dean Israelite

Starring Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader and more

Grade: Three and a half stars

I never thought I’d fall in love with the Power Rangers again.

Various incarnations of the “Power Rangers” TV series is a big part of many people’s younger years – I was a fan of the original show when I was 13 or 14 – but many of them haven’t aged very well. When I heard there was a new movie coming out, I assumed the best I could hope for was a nostalgic trip back to my early years aimed solely at fans of one of the 65 or so different versions of the TV series.

Instead, I got emotional about “Power Rangers” for the first time since I was 14 years old. I had the chance to enjoy one of the most hilarious, refreshingly modern takes on the “teens stumble into becoming super heroes trope” that I’ve ever seen, casting diversity treated like it was no big deal, some heartrending moments, fight scenes that evoked the old show but managed to be a thousand times more impressive, great character interaction and a movie that was genuinely a lot of fun to watch.

“Saban’s Power Rangers” takes everything good about the original series and modernizes it while still keeping the original spirit. As a result, it makes it a thousand times better.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the original show, “Power Rangers” follows a group of five kids as they stumble across an alien ship and are told they have to defend the earth from the evil Rita Repulsa. Unlike the original “Power Rangers” series, however – the one they base the movie on – the kids here are more than just high school stereotypes. “Smart” ranger Billy is on the autistic spectrum and has the tendency to blow things up, while team leader Jason is wrestling with destroying his football career due to a stupid prank.

They meet in detention, a la “The Breakfast Club,” but the relationship between the five Rangers unfolds organically beyond the confines of their after-school suspension. Their friendships aren’t rushed, and the five of them learning to truly trust and care about each other serves as the heart of the movie. At some points, it may actually break your heart a little bit.

Luckily, the movie is also really funny. It offers my favorite take on teen superheroes of all time – when they stumble into a spaceship that actually talks to them, their first instinct is to immediately run. They actually try to do this for like 10 minutes, signaling to each other to escape at the first opportunity, and when the big face in the wall says it’s their job to save the world their first response is “yeah, right.” If someone ever tried to tell me I was suddenly a superhero, this is absolutely how I would react.

Elizabeth Banks Rita Repulsa and Bryan Cranston’s Zordon are both believable updates on the characters from the TV show, and everything from the costumes to the Megazord get a desperately needed visual upgrade. During the final battle, however, I cheered on the Power Rangers just like I did when I was 13.

I, for one, really hope there’s a sequel. 

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Karma Rae Carlson
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1922-2017 Karma Rae Carlson passed away on March 22, 2017 she was 94. Karma was born on September 1, 1922 as the youngest of nine children born to Hiram Sylvester Richardson and Kjersten (Carrie) Jerusha Nielsen Richardson. She was born and raised in Vernal, Utah and graduated from Uintah High School. Karma moved to Provo to attend Brigham Young University and worked at Geneva Steel Plant during World War II. She married Robert Meredith Carlson on November 29, 1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple and were married for 64 years before Bob passed away in January, 2011. They were truly devoted to each other and cared for one another in good times or bad. Bob and Karma had four children, Steven C. Carlson, Meredith Anne Gibson, Brenda Rae (Derek) Mehl and Karrie Lyn (Troy) Carlson. Their early married years were spent living in Provo and running the family business “Carlson Sporting Goods.” After selling the family business, they lived in Bountiful and then Sacramento CA, but ultimately moved back to Utah again to be close to their kids and grand kids. Karma’s greatest joy was her family and when her health would allow, she attended any and every activity her kids or grandchildren were involved in. When her health would not allow her to attend physically she would always get a full account of our activities and experiences and relived them with us as we told her about them. Karma has been an active member of the LDS Church her whole life and has served in various callings in the Primary and Relief Society. She has endured many health trials during her life that were hard and difficult to overcome, but she was always was very upbeat and tried to maintain a positive attitude even down to her very last day here on earth. Her sense of humor and quick wit was one of her best and most endearing qualities. If you ever needed someone to talk to that would help you see the brighter side or to help you find a way to laugh through the struggle, Karma was the one to go to. She had a great memory and could keep us all entertained with her ability to tell amazing stories about growing up on the ranch in Vernal or some of the shenanigans she and her older siblings were involved in and some of the ways she kept herself entertained as the last child living at home. Being the baby of the family she was well protected and indulged by her older siblings. Karma is survived by her four children, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends who love her dearly. She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother, her husband Bob, her eight siblings and other dearly loved extended family members. She will be forever missed, loved and remembered as the great lady she was. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary 727 N. 400 East, Bountiful. Friends may visit with family on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment is at the Centerville City Cemetery. Karma’s family would like to thank the staff at Avalon for the care they gave our mom and grandma in the last days and weeks. Also much love to her niece Liz and wonderful friend Gail. Condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com
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