As would be expected of a movie based on a show about people running around in spandex, the 2017 reboot of the Power Rangers series is pretty painless for people with anxiety. Most of the movie is pretty much nonviolent, with a few moments here and there that may catch the attention of concerned parents and anxious viewers. For example, the update of Rita Repulsa is distinctly more aggressive in this version. While it isn’t actually visible onscreen, there is a scene where she rips open a hobo’s mouth to get to the gold inside his mouth. It’s only shown in shadow, but the noises and graphic thoughts that would likely accompany it would be concerning to many. She also attacks a jewelry store, destroying the place in a very alarming and concerning way. Not to mention, a nightmare scene occurs that would definitely scare a younger child. Finally, the climax could be extremely scary to those who feel anxiety about crowd scenes. It’s a lot of carnage all happening at once. While the action is meant to be funny, it can be stressful trying to focus on everything that’s happening all at once. Overall, the Power Rangers movie takes a few more chances than what would be expected with a series like this, and there are quite a few moments that would cause alarm, but I overall feel it’s worth a view to see the new take on an old classic.
Green Lantern is an attempt by DC to be more like Marvel’s formula of films. This means that, for a DC film, it tries to be more humorous than other DC movies would usually be. However, there are several parts of this film I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. For one thing, the character of Hector Hammond is incredibly creepy for younger children. Throughout the movie, his head swells in a disgusting mass, and he slowly loses his sanity. I remember being in the movie theater, and hearing several children crying because of how unsettling the character was. As for deaths, a man is burned to death onscreen following a very distressing scene featuring Hector Hammond, following several men being impaled with glass, and a doctor being stabbed in the eye with a syringe. Also, the main cause of death in this movie appears to be a form of essence-draining that leaves the corpse drained and skeletal, as if they’ve been dead for centuries. This happens to a massive crowd of people at the climax. If the viewer is easily overwhelmed by violent crowd scenes, it can be very difficult to watch. As for blood, there’s very little actual bleeding in this film, and the blood that is shown is alien blood, and may not be as concerning for some viewers.
Catwoman, in spite of the fact that it’s supposedly based on a DC comic book character, and it’s pg-13 rating, is about as bloodless as a comic book movie could get. There is absolutely no gory violence in the movie, and the deaths are either offscreen, or shown with very little attention and fanfare. Two of the four character deaths involve simple gunshot wounds and scratch-marks, one involves drowning, and the fourth involves a very unrealistic look at falling off a great height. In fact, the main villain’s ability is that her skin can’t be cut, which would suggest a lack of blood or gore for her character. The death scene involving falling off a building is as most movies do it, with the character’s body just dropping and going still, and is barely reflected on. In the beginning of the movie, a brief moment where a woman supposedly with severe burn scars appears, but the CG isn’t quite good enough to make it look as disturbingly realistic as it was probably supposed to be. There are a few mentions of satanism in the opening credits, and quickly flashed by during a web search, but these have absolutely nothing to do with the plot, and are only there to show the impact of cats throughout history. I would wonder exactly how a comic book film like this got a PG-13 rating with absolutely no violence, but something tells me that Catwoman’s outfit may have had something to do with it. Overall, Catwoman is very safe to watch for anyone with anxieties, but I honestly can’t recommend it as a good movie.
TMNT 2014 is surprisingly easy to view, in spite of the childhood-scarring cgi that makes up most of it. Now, while I can pick on the cgi for the turtles all I want, that’s not what I’m here for. But, in all respects, TMNT is very easy to watch for when it comes to most anxiety triggers. The violence that does happen onscreen is almost entirely happening to cgi creatures, which are very easy to distinguish from the human characters. While there are one or two scenes that involve humans not covered by outrageously pointy armor being injured. During a scene where the Shredder is training, he snaps the hand of someone fighting against him, and does beat the crap out of him, but still in a way that seems very PG-13, as the movie is rated. A later scene involves a random mook being poisoned by mutagen. The mook’s skin then proceeds to be melted off his body as he dies, in a way that makes me wonder how on Earth that managed to be included in a Nickelodeon movie. The scene would probably scare a young child considerably, as well as anyone with anxieties about gore. As far as the rest of the movie, there’s a lot of blood that gets medically drained out of the bodies of the turtles, but the rest is mostly bloodless and without needless gore. However, I do recommend skipping past the gas-testing scene if you have a young child, or get queasy by that kind of thing.
Guardians of the Galaxy two, much like it’s predecessor, is nowhere near as bloody as superhero movies seem to enjoy being these days. The opening scene does feature a main character being swallowed, and a creature being split open, but the opening fight is largely in the background until the very end. There is some comical violence as well, but the tone shifts shortly after to show execution via vacuum of space. Fortunately, the deaths are not at all gory in an attempt to be ‘realistic’. There is also a scene considerably later that includes a large amount of characters being killed onscreen, and very quickly, but the deaths are not especially gory, nor are they lingered on more than necessary. However, about midway through the movie, the topic of a massive amount of children dying is brought up and, while the children are not killed onscreen, the bones of said children do appear briefly. Finally, the climax includes a very rapid expansion of something likely killing those in it’s way, but, again, it is very quick, with little focus on it. Overall, much like the first one, GOTG 2 tries hard to keep itself open to audiences of all levels of comfort.
X-men Apocalypse is considerably violent for it’s PG-13 rating. There are a few choice scenes that should be pointed out so the viewer is aware. In the opening ten minutes of the movie, an extra gets crushed into a ball with rather jarring noises. In fact, there is a lot of crunching in general in this movie, so it is not kind to those with squeamish ears. There are also several scenes that include human disintegration with leftover body parts and limbs. There are two scenes where characters get decapitated, a scene where a person is absorbed by a wall, and a scene that’s closely focused on where a young child and their mother are impaled and killed on an arrow. I believe that the movie was only rated as it is due to the extremely noticeable CGI, but the poor effects don’t really change how jarring some of this can be. Overall, if you’re into X-men enough to power through the gore, it can be a good movie to watch, but there’s certainly a lot of gore to work through.
Wonder Woman is generally safe as far as superhero films go, albeit with several hang ups that viewers should be aware of. There are several scenes that take place in a warzone, which could be overwhelming for certain viewers due to noise and sensitive topics such as PTSD. It should also be noted that, while the initial scene is not shown onscreen, the aftermath of a severe mustard gas attack is shown onscreen. While the movie does not show the effects of mustard gas, an entire village is eradicated by it. There are also several scenes where gas is used as a weapon, but the effects are not shown on screen for long, if at all. The violence is not especially gory, and the movie is very quick to move on without lingering the view on grisly injuries. Overall, there is very little blood in this movie, and the scenes of violence are not disgusting in the attempt to shock the audience.