The Source Doesn’t Matter

Will Blanton

Within the world of reboots, we hold onto the most important question: “How close is it to the source material?” My response is that it doesn’t matter. Let’s take a look at my Power Rangers movie review from February 9th as an example. I said that it was a good movie because of the story. It grabbed hold of me and didn’t let me go for the 4 hours it took me to watch that 2 hour movie. (Don’t ask!) It strayed so far from what I knew to be the source growing up, but I really couldn’t care less about that. I want to help you learn not to care as well.

Yes, the Power Rangers have a story as old as time. Five teenagers, played by 20-something year olds, are summoned to save the planet from an other worldly being. You need to forget all of it, because if you go into the movie thinking that it will be identical to what you already know, you will be going into it already disappointed. As one who didn’t do that before his review, I said that all of the action was predictable and all of the jokes that were made during Act 1 of the movie didn’t land with me like they should have. Meditate an hour before hand, and just be calm and enjoy what you’ve bought.

There will be a 100% chance that your favorite character, inside your favorite movie WILL have this one thing you don’t like. It’s called “Adding Artistic Freedom.” Think of it as me cursing in my articles on this particular site, it will happen so get the fuck over it. When I heard Jason and his buddy talk about milking a bull I cringed like a mother fucker, but at the same time I learned that it was something added by the writer and director to make the character relatable, no matter how stupid or idiotic it makes him or her out to be.

Post credit cliff hangers do not mean a 2nd movie is on the way! For the love of God, you have to understand this. Don’t moan or groan when you see them either. Just because the movie did $84.3 Million at the box office, grossing more than the other 2 movies combined, still doesn’t make it worthy enough for the executives to green light another script. The idea that Saban wanted to make another movie for it was completely derailed by the notion that Hasbro bought the fucking intellectual property to own the source of all the Power Rangers merchandise. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. As much as it fucking hurts me to say this, there are no plans for there to be a 2nd movie in the rebooted franchise in the foreseeable future.

What this all means, to me at least, is that in order to love it or hate it you need to take what you loved about the source and love the source for what you remember. Hold onto that nostalgic feeling, as I’m not telling you to let it go, but open your mind to things that are new. This article might have some people disagree with me, and I’m open to discussions.

Just remember this quote:

“I’m trying to free your mind….. but I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”

–Morpheus, The Matrix [1999]

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