Charlie’s angels, a lovely band of female agents protecting the world one mission at a time. Long ago, these super skilled beauties showed us that style, beauty, and skills could come together in one of the most memorable series of the golden age of television. The progressive presentation of this series proved you could be fun and still not put too many politics into the mix, something this reviewer likes. Question for tonight is though, can the modern age of politics and representation welcome the same principles, or will it warp it into its own format. That’s where I come in to give my thoughts on the latest movie, in hopes of guiding your viewing pleasure. Robbie K coming at you with another review, this time on:
Charlie’s Angels (2019)
Some Of The Comedy
Kristen Stewart’s New Emotion
The Semi Dead End subplots
The Forced Humor
The Plot Itself
The Direction Of The Characters
The Focus On Clothes
Unnecessary Dance Scene
Gadgets Are Not As Clever
The Fight Scenes
The Political Roles Beat Into the Mix
Never good when one of my reviews starts out with music, but in this case the soundtrack adds to the attitude of the movie. A variety of styles will come into tickle the fancy, and may just get your toes tapping if you appreciate upbeat music like I do. As most won’t care about this let’s get to some other things then. The comedy has some good moments, a well-timed jab, pun, or insult that made me chuckle at how cute and well versed it was. These moments were far between for me, but several members found the comedy a bit more golden. One thing my audience and I agreed on is that the film does a nice job of keeping the pace, almost like an extended episode of the show meeting modern trends of flashy sequences. It might not be the most original, clever, or even suspenseful, but it works to promote the fun that this movie holds, especially for the key demographic. My bigger surprise though was seeing Kristen Stewart’s new emotion in this role and the character that she played. Finally breaking out of the somber, monochromatic Bella Swan, Stewart’s dive into the world of the Angels is a plus for me. Her new lifestyle fit well into the film and I seeing her show more emotional range than previous roles. It’s her partner in crime played by Ella though I enjoyed. This lovely actress held charm, pizazz, edge, and a deeper side than I expected, bringing good chemistry with her fellow angels and a modern addition that was story and character centric (very smart move). Finally, like Ocean’s 8, the style of the dresses and outfits should be more than enough to inspire a shopping spree, as the wardrobe department accomplished great feats of sexy meeting modern, and maybe utility depending on the scene.
Yet for the likes I had for this film there was a fair bit of things that were not to my personal liking. For one thing the predictability of the story is not impressive, all the ruses and diversion are obvious tactics and could have been used for better action. Sub plots to build back story were surprisingly one dimensional, dropping in 1-2 lines and never taxing our girls for more than 5 seconds and thus the characters interest were more on their gimmicks and the actresses abilities to bring them to life. Even more forced was the humor, which like most of Banks works does not know when to quit when its ahead and throw timing/cleverness for as many political punches as possible. It leads to a rather spotty plot for me that is more of a comedy than a thriller, which I expected, but wanted so much more out of just fun characters. Despite the political component of the modern age, the characters again were not directed the way I wanted either and though again entertaining and acted decently, I think the direction was not the best.
Plot and character design complete, what about the presentation of the movie itself. Well to be honest, the flash in the pan role approach took the center stage in my eyes. While the outfits may be beautiful, I’ll admit that they were a little too much of the focus for this reviewer, with more emphasis of showing off sex appeal than anything else. Various scenes that started to gain mojo were quickly finished or diluted for things like attempts at sexual humor or a dance scene that served merely as a foreshadowing device for something to come (while also being about showing off the outfits). Gadgets, famous for any spy movie and a tool that can elevate the plot were kind of simplistic, lacking the charm and design from other series that knew how to merge things in a more imaginative way. Why go through the eccentric shots of devices if we aren’t going to utilize them as much? Poor planning perhaps, or maybe there was something else taking the stage. In regards to fight scenes, they are okay, but this reviewer found many of them to be short bouts of very stiff choreographed fights, that merely repeated movements or held simplistic gunplay. There is nothing amazing about the brawls, and outside of some slight moments that will stick in your mind are quite forgettable. Yet the thing I am not the biggest fan of, is the political focus that comes with most modern movies. You can see it in the trailers, but Charlie’s Angels is all about spouting the message of girl power, from the opening dialogue and credits, to the painstakingly planned scenes that are all about showing how much guys suck. Movies are famous for these hyperboles of character, but for the whole film to do this, well you lose the other qualities for me with this in your face approach.
The trailers will not lie to you, at least on some part, that Charlie’s Angels is geared towards a certain audience. It’s stylish presentation of looks, outfits, and girl power is going to be the main appeal to audience members, with some comedy to help expand to other goers and acting that makes up the rather bland characters. Yet, the movie suffers for me from being too focused on the superficial and not enough on the elements I remember from previous installments. Sure the nostalgia is nice but all the plots are rather truncated, the humor is a little forced on me, action scenes could use a tune up alongside the gadgets, and the political presentation got old after a while. However, it’s got enough oomph to check out in the theater, especially if you are part of the key demographics that will enjoy this.
This mission gets a score of:
Movie Overall: 4.5