The Power Rangers Movie
I had no intention of seeing this movie. I watched Power Rangers as a kid, but I never got Really Into it. My five-year old son on the other hand, loves the Power Rangers. For Christmas he asked for a Gold Power Ranger costume, a Red Ranger Power Sword & a new Megazord after his last one finally broke. He gets lost in these toys, lost in the movies, acts out the scenes; you could say he’s Really Into it.
My five-year-old son is also diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. When he gets Into something, we all follow suit. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (still know the words), Cars (we have about 5 extra McQueen cars so everyone had an extra at all time), YouTube videos of people unwrapping toys (still can’t believe this is a thing, but we watched it anyway), Thomas the Train & more. We reserved seats for tonight for all of us to go & made it an event for him, and let’s be honest, Derek was pumped about the movie too.
Billy – The Power Rangers Movie
Imagine my surprise when Billy, the Blue Ranger confided in his friend that he is on “the spectrum”. My husband & I turned towards each other with hesitant smiles not knowing how this character’s behavior might play out.
Let me just say, we cried; all of us cried. Our heart swelled so many different times in the movie. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this film featured a main character, who is on the spectrum & in my opinion did a phenomenal job. Billy is intelligent, social, creative, insightful & MAKES EYE CONTACT! He is kind, gentle & loved by his new friends. Billy explains to Jason, the Red Ranger, that his brain works differently & has difficulty with sarcasm. That’s it- no more/no less. Billy’s brain works differently & there’s not really a mention of it again. Through his actions, we see a character who runs through scenarios in his head, lines up his colored pencils, is technologically savvy, quite enjoys being the center of attention on his terms & is able to empathize & make lasting relationships. We can tell the writers, actors & those involved with this film really took this endeavor seriously & responsibly & I just want to say a big thank you & a big hug to you all. Also, these Krispy Kreme doughnuts were on point!
Diversity in The Power Rangers Movie
This film also featured a LGBTQ superhero, a young man in a caregiver role for his mother & a teenage girl being bullied by her so-called friends. This was such a monstrous step-up from the goofy Power Rangers of my day, that I hardly recognized it. This group was so incredibly diverse, represented folks with different abilities as equals & will be a movie we watch over & over.
If you’re on the fence about this movie, go see it. If you don’t want to see it, go anyway. I’m Really Into this film & so is this guy. If you loved The Power Rangers, check out Wonder Woman too.