Although coming in second to Beauty and the Beast, Saban's Power Rangers had a successful opening weekend. For the most part audiences around the globe were satisfied with the film. With that being said our attention now shifts to future films as well as scenes that didn't make the final cut. We have already talked about the possibility of a series of films as well as the inclusion of the Green Ranger. Now some interesting information has surfaced regarding a scene that was cut from the film that we saw in one of the trailers.
A quick SPOILER WARNING as the article contains information about a scene in which we see an important character moment.
There is a moment in the film where Kimberly, played by Naomi Scott sneaks into Jason's room, played by Dacre Montgomery and confesses her insecurities with him and the reason why she has been in detention with the rest of the group. It is here where a kiss between the two is cut from the film, but it can still be seen in the trailer at about the 1:29 mark. What reason did they have for cutting this moment?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director of the film Dean Israelite gives a very good reason. At test screenings audiences did not like the kiss because it distracted them from the growth of the character. In this film Kimberly needed to be able to stand on her own and not just become Jason's girlfriend. Israelite goes on to stay:
“For that scene to culminate in some kind of romantic moment between her and Jason undermines her character and feels a little old-fashioned and becomes a movie trope of the female lead there to support some kind of male arc,” he explains. “I think it was actually kind of lovely that the audience pushed so hard against that, and the moment we took it out, everybody liked Kimberly way more and felt she was much stronger, and I loved that we got that reaction.”
“I loved that we did it,” he adds, “because my intention was never to have a female character try and be there for the male’s arc. It was always that she needed to stand independent of him.”
This was a great move by the director. With as many films as they have planned, having Kimberly and Jason rush into a relationship would have not been a good idea. This films was about each individual character growing to finally be able to become Power Ranger. There will be a lot of time down the line to have romantic encounters.
Do you think it was a good idea to cut the romantic encounter?
Saban's Power Rangers is now in theaters everywhere.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly