2017 seems to be the year of questionable reboots and remakes. Most of the time, it’s questionable as to why the films were even remade in the first place, especially when the originals were already amazing. Snow White and the Huntsman is one such example. The huntsman’s ridiculously large role and dominant personality in the film practically turned the film into Thor 4: The Melting Snow. The recently released Beauty and the Beast (2017) is another example. The original version was a near-perfect classic, and there was no viable reason for the 2017 film to even exist. The remake isn’t a beauty nor a beast. It is at most like the withering flower which Beast keeps in his castle – a source of stress and dismay throughout its lifespan, and eventually forgotten after it’s gone.
There are also films where the originals were questionable, and a reboot/remake totally made sense. Though not out yet, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film is one that needs to be done, as the original trilogy along with its first reboot were rather lackluster.
Then, we have the legendary Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise. The franchise, despite its various criticisms, is one that meant something to a lot of people, especially those who grew up in the ’90s. Towards the end of last year, it was announced that a “reimagining” (fancy new word, but it technically is still a reboot/remake) of the Power Rangers would be released as a movie. Trailers were released, and they definitely showed a lot of promise – the Rangers were edgier, the story seemed dark, and Rita Repulsa finally feels like the evil, repulsive villain she should have been. So, will the Power Rangers capture the hearts of many the same way it did back in the ’90s?
The “morphin” element is still there in the Rangers. But it isn’t clear whether the franchise has morphed for the better, or if the producers have actually gotten high on morphine.