Charlie's Angels

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Earnest and energetic, if a bit uneven, Elizabeth Banks's pulpy Charlie's Angels adds new flair to the franchise with fun performances from its three leads.

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Elena Houghlin is a scientist, engineer and inventor of Calisto -- a sustainable energy source that will revolutionize the way people use power. But when the cutting edge technology falls into the wrong hands, Elena turns to the Townsend Agency for help. Now, it's up to the Angels -- Jane, Sabina and the newly recruited Elena -- to retrieve Calisto before it can be transformed into a weapon of mass destruction.

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  • [Charlie's Angels] tries earnestly to bring these ladies into the 21st century. And it might have worked, if the film didn't so consistently pull its punches.

    December 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If it's a crime to enjoy Stewart, in a fluorescent pink jockey ensemble, hopping on a horse to chase some chauvinist dinosaurs down, cuff me this second.

    November 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • From the very first, this Charlie's Angels is all about action and pointless international location work, without the necessary lightness and the solvent of fun.

    November 28, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Rarely can a movie have left the editing room with so many scenes simply petering out, as if the punchlines had been left on the back seat of an Uber.

    November 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Rather than having a story, the film has a string of rote action sequences, and each of these sequences goes the same way.

    November 23, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Charlie's Angels should have been glamorous fun, a Saturday-night-out kind of movie. Suddenly, staying in with an icepack on your head never looked so good.

    November 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 31, 2020
    Elizabeth Banks attempts yet another reboot of the Charlie's Angels franchise with this dumpster fire of a film. When a whistleblower reaches out to the Townsend Agency to expose a fatal flaw in a new clean energy devise a hit is put out on her and the angels have to protect her and find out who's behind the attack. The plot is incredibly trite and formulaic, and sexist as all hell. Instead of empowering women it just de-empowers men; portraying them as useless idiots who use and abuse women (with one or two exceptions). Still, at its core it's an action film and delivers some pretty good action scenes. But unfortunately Charlie's Angels just won't get out of its own way with all its politicking and just be fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2020
    I really did want to like it. So many of these girl-power-team-up action films that we've gotten in the past decade feel so hollow. Don't get me wrong, I know there is a huge sect of assholes that were absolutely unwilling to ever give this movie a chance, and had pre-ordained that it would be terrible and they hate it before a single frame was shot, and that almost every single dude in that sect made that decision specifically because of the fact that it's a movie with women in the forefront, and it is good and right to target those dudes with your derision. But having actually watched it... Yeah it's feminism with a teeny splash of gay but like... It's a very corporate feminism and a very under-the-rug-able gay. Which isn't good, but could have been fine, except that it was the only thing that I was looking forward to, and also seems to be what makes Charlie's Angels think it has done enough. But it's so boardroom driven and paper-thin, which I could hack if the actual plot was any good or any number of other things that you normally look to a movie for, but by and large those aspects aren't just hollow, they're straight-up bad.
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  • Nov 29, 2019
    Where exactly did this go so wrong? The rebooted Charlie's Angels is based on a property that the general public has little investment in 2019 and it seems like nobody was aching for another movie. The 2000s Angels movies were fun and had some big names attached and was the debut for music video director McG, a guy who knew his way around visual decadence. I think the first wrong step was hiring Elizabeth Banks to both write and direct. Banks has been a highly successful actress and recently directed Pitch Perfect 2, but a spy thriller is another matter entirely, and the end results of the new Angels doesn't help. Scene to scene, timing and shot selections just feel off, and there's one sequence I'll use as an example of the whole. Sabina (Kristen Stewart) is chasing after a bad guy. He's in a car and she's on a horse. You would naturally think, given that dynamic, you'd want to showcase the speed and fluidity of the horse with wider shots, the horse getting closer, and yet the camera jumbles between awkward close-ups, clumsily edited together, sapping all energy from the action and making me wonder if there were logistics challenges to cut around. The action is so lackluster but the story is needlessly convoluted and unclear, with things meant to be revelations that I thought were obvious, and things that the movie thought were explained that were very much inexplicable. Sabina and Jane (Ella Balsinka) just assume Elana (Naomi Scott), a tech engineer roped into an adventure, will just pick up on things without explaining. They leave her a package of mints that aren't really mints but she, and we, don't know what they're for. The rules are unclear and there are so few setups and payoffs. At no point does the movie give me anything to grab onto, whether it's a interesting set piece, a villain with a colorful personality, or some surprise turn. This is a very thoroughly bland movie that seems to serve its feminist message above all else, sacrificing action, comedy, and good plotting along the way to beat the drum. I'm on Banks' side here, but there were moments that just made me roll my eyes with how heavy-handed the "girls can do it too" message was, like a montage of women across the world doing things like science and sports and friendship; it felt like I was watching a campaign commercial. The cast is the real highlight and they have a charming chemistry. The end credits present Elana going through a series of Kingsman-style trials to enter Angel Academy, and that's when I yelled, "This is the movie I should have been seeing! Angel Academy!" The 2019 Charlie's Angels reboot is a wash. The humor is strained, the high-tech gadgets and spy set pieces are so haphazard, the plot is convoluted without being intriguing, and there just isn't a feel for the material from Banks. It doesn't fail because it's too woke, or whatever the self-pittying Men Rights Activists of Twitter claim, but because it didn't know how to be the movie it wanted to be. Nate's Grade: C-
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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