Movie Review: Charlie's Angels

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The following is a movie review "Charlie's Angels" by Marc Primo Pulisci.

Release date: 15 November 2019 (USA)
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Language: English
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Perfect World Pictures, 2.0 Entertainment, Brownstone Productions, Cantillon Company
Producers: Doug Belgrad, Elizabeth Cantillon, Max Handelman, Elizabeth Banks

Submitted: January 14, 2020

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Charlie’s Angels

The following is a movie review “Charlie’s Angels” by Marc Primo Pulisci.

Release date: 15 November 2019 (USA)

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Language: English

Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Perfect World Pictures, 2.0 Entertainment, Brownstone Productions, Cantillon Company

Producers: Doug Belgrad, Elizabeth Cantillon, Max Handelman, Elizabeth Banks

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These days, it seems that a reboot follows for every pop culture classic from the past. However, not all reboots are worthy of their predecessors or, worse, undeserving of your viewing time. Quite fortunately for the new take on Charlie’s Angels, there are a few flashes of brilliance that saves it from the latter by a thread.

Not quite up to par with the last reboot of over 20 years ago which starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, this 2019 version of the classic ’70s TV series earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences when it was released in November. One thing’s for sure though?—?many will certainly encourage Elizabeth Banks to stick to acting rather than attempt to direct another film for now.

With Kristen Stewart being joined by newcomers Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the angels, the lackluster acting and absence of any effective comedy will certainly make the heavens cry on this one. And such a shame that was considering how Banks (who also wrote the script), is known largely for her comedic prowess in her own films as an actress.

First of all, the inequality of star power among the three leads (Stewart being the biggest one of all) failed to reach the intended charm and cohesion that the film needed for it to work. Adding to the production’s broken wing, Stewart as the brightest angel of the three seemed like she was a fading star who was all too ready to fall down hard from Hollywood heavens. Patrick Stewart as Bosley was no help either as he floated around the film.

If audiences expected another girl power film here, they’d actually be delighted with the usual themes of woman empowerment in a man’s world all too present. For that, audiences might find some reason to celebrate and watch the film. However, when it comes to entertainment value and creative aspects, Charlie’s Angels fail by a huge mile with a tech element in the form of ‘Callisto’?—?an AI cube that can both release sustainable energy or be a weapon of mass destruction, failing to captivate audiences. Action sequences don’t compliment the story arc neither and seemed like they were all stuffed into scenes unnecessarily and redundantly.

This 2019 Charlie’s Angels may have won in how it preserved the visual image of the angels, young and beautiful?—?but everything ends there. The new batch seemed less sexier than previous angels and the casting choice seemed to tick off a Victoria’s Secret checklist rather than the beautiful spy-agents we all know and have come to love. While the film does push the feminist envelope a little further as expected, the real question is if audiences are really willing to open it and find out what’s inside. Unfortunately, the answer for most would probably be ‘no thank you’.

 

 

 


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