When Power Rangers morphs onto the screen this Friday, there are a lot of moments for viewers to see themselves reflected on the big screen. One of those moments comes in Trini, played by Becky G, and a momentary bit of dialogue that could easily be missed by viewers not on the lookout for it, but matters nonetheless.
As the newly-minted Rangers, who are strangers to each other before they find the coins and receive their powers, are bonding over a campfire one night, Ludi Lin’s character Zack asks Trini if she’s having “boyfriend problems.” The look on her face quickly shuts him down, but he amends the query into asking, “… girlfriend problems?” She doesn’t answer, either, but seems more at ease with him and the rest of the Rangers after that moment.
It’s a tiny bit of dialogue, to be sure, and one that isn’t really ever addressed in the rest of the movie. She also never explicitly identifies her sexuality or comes out, which is fine — some people choose not to label their sexuality, and that’s totally valid. But that can have powerful implications, especially when viewers who may be questioning their own sexuality see the movie. Instead, what we do see is this group of kids accept Trini for who she is; they don’t question or ridicule her at all, and that is powerful.
Director Dean Israelite told The Hollywood Reporter that “For Trini, really, she’s questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. I think what’s great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, ‘That’s OK.’ The movie is saying, ‘That’s OK,’ and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”
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