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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Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm as the next generation of fearless Charlie's Angels take flight. In Banks' bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska 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. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.

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Critic Reviews for Charlie's Angels

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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.

    Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 22, 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.

    Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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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-
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