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While some sum­mer block­busters opt to go down the road of max­i­mum dour­ness (Bat­man V Su­per­man: Dawn

Of Jus­tice, we’re look­ing at you), don’t ex­pect the same tone from Power Rangers – the up­com­ing movie re­boot of the span­dex-draped kids tele­vi­sion show.

“This is more of an Am­blin sort of ex­pe­ri­ence,” says di­rec­tor Dean Is­raelite, on set in Van­cou­ver. “There’s a real sense of ad­ven­ture and fun. To me this is a love story be­tween five kids who start off in their own worlds, but who find each other. There’s a joy and a buoy­ancy to the movie.”

“The jour­ney of these five teens be­com­ing the Power Rangers and the jour­ney of them grow­ing up are one and the same. To me, what’s been ex­cit­ing about the movie from the very first draft that I read has been that this is just a metaphor for these kids find­ing out who they are.”

That doesn’t mean it won’t be high on ad­ven­ture and spec­ta­cle, how­ever. Vil­lain­ous alien sor­cer­ess Rita Repulsa (El­iz­a­beth Banks) is back and in­tent on stir­ring up trou­ble with the help of her army of Put­ties – cue lots of kick­ing and punch­ing, no doubt. “Every­thing has a big­ness and rich­ness to it that I think

au­di­ences in 2017 re­ally need and ap­pre­ci­ate,” says Is­raelite. “This is com­pletely in­spired by Mighty

Morphin’ Power Rangers – the very first sea­son, the one I saw as a kid. It’s reimag­ined and rein­vented in ways, but it cap­tures the spirit of what was in that show but brings it to a 2017 au­di­ence in a new, next gen­er­a­tion way.”

Bet­ter than what you wear to work.

And here’s them be­fore a visit to their tailors.

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