Power Rangers Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Slapped-together story has little to do with the holidays.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 23 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Some vague allusions to Christmas values such as "peace on Earth" and being kind to one another. Talk of being pro-environment, doing the right thing. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters too one-dimensional to be seen as role models, despite their heroic actions as teenagers as well as superheroes. 

Violence & Scariness

Action violence: Characters punch, kick, shoot lasers, wield swords. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Part of a long-running television series, the Power Rangers characters are sold and marketed as action figures, games, costumes, and the like. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Power Rangers Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas is a short 2014 feature in which Robo Knight poses as a toy in order to learn about Christmas, is shipped to an African village, and, with the help of scenes from past Power Rangers episodes, spends more time talking to the children of the village about who the Power Rangers are and what they do than about Christmas itself. There is some action violence -- characters do battle with punches, kicks, swords, and lasers. There is some mention about the positive values of Christmas, but more time is spent showing how the Power Rangers came to be, how they support the saving of our planet's environment, and how they defend the defenseless from bullies in school to monsters wreaking havoc in our cities. Overall, this is more of a phoned-in compilation of past Power Rangers episodes than a holiday special; one can only hope that the light production schedule for this one was the Christmas present for cast and crew. 

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What's the story?

It's Christmas time, and Robo Knight does not understand why humans are cutting down so many pine trees and wasting so much electricity in POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: THE ROBO KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. When Noah (John Mark Loudermilk) tells him what's happening, Robo Knight is confused; he has never heard of Christmas. To show him what Christmas is all about, Noah comes up with a novel solution: He has Robo Knight pose by a mall Christmas tree as if he's a toy. But as it turns out, Robo Knight is in the section where toys are being donated to the impoverished of other countries, and as a result he finds himself in an African village, where he captivates the children with stories of the Power Rangers -- who they are, what they do, and what they stand for. 

Is it any good?

This is little more than a phoned-in compilation of scenes from past episodes hastily thrown together under the flimsiest of holiday-themed pretenses. Power Rangers Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas is the classic "flashback" special, only also pretends to be about Christmas. The feature spends more time talking about the backstory and value system of the Power Rangers than it does about Christmas. Families hoping for an actual Christmas special and fans of the Power Rangers hoping for more substantial Rangers-themed holiday fare will most likely be disappointed. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Christmas specials like Power Rangers Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas. What are some of the themes that continually come up in specials like these? 

  • How does this movie address issues such as bullying, the environment, and self-confidence? 

  • How is violence shown in this feature? Is it shown strictly for entertainment's sake, or does it seem relevant to the actual story? 

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