Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I just got back from seeing the Power Rangers movie and it was so amazing and wow I feel so happy right now after seeing it! The movie was amazing, it was just so good! It was paced incredibly well and the character’s were all extremely likable and all had really good character development. The movie reminded me of why I loved the original series so much when I was a kid. Everything fit together so well to lead up to a really awesome climatic final battle at the end. When the final battle started and they all flew in on the Zords to fight Rita, the classic theme song started to play “go go Power Rangers!”. And it was such an exciting moment and so nostalgic that I actually sung along a bit.
And then there’s the movie’s autistic character, the Blue Ranger aka Billy Cranston, which is a big part of why I’m so happy right now. The inclusion of an autistic character in a big superhero movie like this had me so excited to see this and I have to say it absolutely did not disappoint. Billy was so well done and really good representation. There’s this wonderful scene at the start where Billy is sitting at a desk in detention arranging all of his pencils in order when an ableist bully knocks all of his pencils down, purposefully breaks one of his pencils and calls him a freak. The Red Ranger, Jason, walks up, tells the bully to knock it off and then slaps him. Then later Billy and Jason are at an excavation site and Billy tells Jason that he is on the spectrum. And he explains that his brain works kind of differently and he has trouble recognizing sarcasm or when someone is joking and this scene was at the beginning of the film. There were just so many moments where I’m just like, that’s so me, and that’s not something I usually see in films. Like at the start there’s a scene where Jason out of nowhere hugs Billy and Billy says “can you stop touching me now?” And as someone who has sensory issues with touch and is not really all that comfortable with hugs I could really relate. Also I noticed whenever Billy was excited about something he’d like stim by clapping his hands a couple of times. And he was just as important and capable on the team as everyone else, where as I imagine in a lesser movie they might have made him be a detriment to the team.
It was just really cool to see a really good representation of an autistic character in a Super hero movie and I’m just really happy right now! I really recommend that people see this movie.