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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Review

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Six multi-ethnic superheroes battle the evil Ooze.

★★★★★

Those past puberty and unfamiliar with this hit children's TV series - in which Californian teen warriors periodically morph into Japanese superheroes to battle evil - will be little the wiser after the gruelling experience of sitting through the first (but doubtless not the last) Power Rangers film spin-off. So absent are such dramatic elements as characterisation or background, that even if you are on your toes you will be doing well just to suss that Kimberley is Pink Ranger, Tommy is White Ranger, and so forth.

None of these young heroes seem to have a home to go to, so the six multi-ethnic buddies remain blurs of motion, skydiving and rollerblading between cosmic interdimensional crises. In this one, which plays like several TV episodes made up as they went along, Ivan Ooze, a giant purple blob of snot who can morph into Paul Freeman in demon make-up, shows up to pose as evil-beyond-imagining! The Rangers, disempowered by their foe, have to zap to a distant planet where an Amazon babe in a green bikini called Doozy of Folderol, or something, plugs them into The Great Power so they can out-chopsockey The Ooze and his creature Crue.

Pastiches of Star Wars, The Wizard Of Oz and Aladdin flash before one's eyes, between acrobatic combat sequences. It's short on originality but long on hustle, gymnastics and lavender goo. Those of a non-aficionado persuasion would want to know if Tommy and Kimberley are an item, and possibly Adam and Rocky as well, but the seven-year-old consultants just want to know if there's a new set of action figures in the cool Arabian knights outfits the Rangers got from Dilly of Phooey.

On such a limited level this delivers; if you take the kids, leave them to it.

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