CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2019)

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Written & Directed By: Elizabeth Banks
Story By: David Auburn & Evan Spiliotopoulos
Cinematography: Bill Pope
Editor: Alan Baumgarten & Mary Jo Markey

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Nat Faxon, Jonathan Tucker, Patrick Stewart, Noah Centineo 


Sabina Wilson, Elena Houghlin, and Jane Kano are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere.

A reboot that can easily count as a continuation to the earlier movies and television series. That Definitely has it’s own style. The film never stays anyplace too long to make a memory.

The film tries to keep the mood of the previous two films which were surprisingly more outrageous and more a slave to pop culture. This film feels somehow weaker even if just a bit more serious but just as lightweight.

This film seeks to be more silly but taken more seriously and stylish. Where it fails as it comes off as trying too hard and never quite managing to have the attitude it seeks.

The obvious audience for this film Is teen girls. Which will explain why it feels so airy and struggles to commit. It has entertaining action sequences that usually keep a dose of humor and a twist.

In that same way the film is like the previous film with misdirection, especially when it comes to the main villain and a mite dangerous hit man/Assassin. Though this film involves more gunplay and explosions then the previous films.

Each angel actress here seems to have her specialty and assigned role. Kristen Stewart is more the off center character. She is more screwball comedy yet dangerous and a little loopy in other words the unpredictable one and the one the film keeps trying to tell us is the sexy one. The film keeps telling us know sexy she is by a recurring bad guy. Who seems obsessed with her and keeps propositioning her that feels a little forced.

Ella Balinska is more violent by the book professional. Who is seeking revenge and comes off as more the natural beauty who chooses not to acknowledge it. She also seems to do most of the work with the smallest glory. She is the most Impressive out of the whole cast and has a true star making and breakout role. As she seems to be able to do it all and has fun doing it. Looking great the whole time.

Naomi Scott is the client and the novice who continuously makes mistakes. She is the more brainy and technical one and also has more the girl next door appeal. The one who also constantly needs to be saved. Writer/Director Elizabeth banks gives herself a supporting role that most of the time involves her making jokes about being single at her later age. As she is the Bogsley of the film.

This film is pure popcorn and a female empowerment film for young women. Giving them representation and maybe even role models to strive for on the big screen. As it comes off as an enthusiastic anthem.

The film goes more international yet doesn’t feel as broad as the previous films. Even as this film feels more European and has more locations. While even having time for a dance sequence.

The film also decides to explain how the Townsend agency works, more than just seeming To be more than a small outfit. It seems to be a larger organization. The Film seems to deal with not that women can’t do the work or are not considered but more they are a threat to sensitive whiny male egos especially those in power. Showing the female characters while attractive they are Not as seductive or have to use looks or sexy appeal as much as in previous incantations. In fact previous entries were more known for that then the action.

This film just seems open to promotion and eager for sponsorships. That it seems sold out before it even gets to it’s points.

GRADE: C

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