Charlie's Angels Reviews
The only thing that a REALLY like was Bill Murray and Tim Curry.
Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu get the star treatment and are looking damn fine. Bill Murray as Bosley is the sort of casting that reveals much about the film - dry sarcasm and satire being the order of the day - this isn't a serious action piece - you won't see people die in a hail of bullets, you won't see splashes of blood or heroes saving the world with deep meaningful glances - what you will see is a great deal of MTV editing and shooting, Matrix-quality special effects and a tongue in cheek performance from every single actor.
and the producers picked the three correct women to play the three sexy angels !!
recently i've researched upon a subject on american anarchism in film noir and superhero comics (both started in 1930s), the idea of anarchistic vigilante is largely welcomed fad since the good old days. a vigilante hero would be performing justice on his own like batman, so by principle he's no part of the governmental police-force but lonewolf without group-label, but ironically he obeys the laws and risks his life for the system despite he's an anarchist outside of it, the famous example would be clint eastwood's dirty harry, the brave copper who serves the justice by ignoring the proper procedure to man-hunt scorpian on his own(and he even goes to level of executing the criminal himself, is it lawful?)
"charlie's angels" arised within the 70s when women began to demand equal pay and work in the construction to demonstrate they could be as capable as men. so some producer came up with a whim like why don't we also make female version of indepedent vigilante anarchist heroism by having three chics dressed hot and kick ass? so here they are created. BUT most people neglect a fact that they're not all alone like clint eastwood but three chics together to advocate a sort of "sisterhood" idea populated by feminists then, so women cannot fight aloofly like those male super-coppers? and also, charlie's angels are not individualistic even they claim they're, they take orders from charlie who symbolizes an abstract idealized incarnation of endearing father as sheer spiritual guidance without a bit of rebellion or dispute. but somehow those chics do work UNDER A MAN, right? they cannot escape the dominion of patriachal attachement as well....and women cheer over it without the awareness that charlie's angels are just a bunch of female thugs who put themselves into danger over an invisible man who has never been there to help, an abscent father figure who only offers you monthly allowance without actual involvement in your life but a few words of encouragements which could be done by a kind-hearted pen pal as well.
so by 2001, hollywood decided to revitalize it, blending an aisan minority(lucy liu) and a former hippie-chic who cannot grow up and always digs the bad boys as if it's shouting outloud that the third-world woman, reformed hippie and goofy bubble-blonde united together as new sort of sisterhood, working under a non-existent imaginary father, striving for a patriachal system without man's contribution so men could prosper by we women even without being there. wouldn't be a disservice to deepen social inequality? and it's welcomed by women! besides, no real woman can single-handedly fly skyhigh fighting off a group of men without being beaten up or possibly raped and still looking fashionable, that only exists in video games. woman's prior asset is their WITS instead of their FISTS.
satirically they cannot be angels on their own without being charlie's.
They're beautiful, they're brilliant, and they can kick your butt -- the most glamorous private eyes in the world are back in action in this big-screen adaptation of the popular '70s television series. Natalie (Cameron Diaz) is the smart but silly one, Dylan (Drew Barrymore) is the tough but fun-loving one, and Alex (Lucy Liu) is the classy but hard-as-nails one, and they work for a man named Charlie (voice of John Forsythe), who never meets his employees face to face. Along with their helper Bosley (Bill Murray), the Angels are sent into action when electronics genius Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, with the nefarious Roger Corwin (Tim Curry) as the prime suspect. But they soon learn even bigger danger is afoot -- the kidnappers have gotten their hands on Knox's latest invention, a system that can monitor voice communication from anywhere in the world, virtually ending the notion of private conversation.
If it wasn't for Crispin Glover and Sam Rockwell this movie would have been beyond horrible. I expected the cheesiness and it being unrealistic (plenty of that). Glover did an excellent job as the Thin Man, they should have had more of him in the movie. Actually in my opinion he should have killed them all. This movie was trying too hard to be something else. This movie is worth seeing maybe once if there is absolutely nothing else to do. The soundtrack is not that bad, at least it fit the movie. Rockwell and Glover did their best with the given material other than that it is pretty horrible.