CONCLUSION: When a young systems engineer suspects her company may have some dangerous ideas with a new invention, she seeks help from a specialized investigative team known as the Charlie's Angels.
REVIEW: "Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy …" That's how it all began. Back in 1976, this line introduced fans to one of the busiest – and I dare say joyfully enjoyable – television series of the time. Charlie's Angels finished work in 1981, but still left enough impression to eventually come to life as a low-rated reboot of the series in 2011, as well as several versions of the big screen directed by McGG and starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray. While the latest film, Charlie's Angels: Full Costs, made some money around the world, he was critically disillusioned and unrelated to the audience at all. Of course like most things in Hollywood, you just can't keep a known property from being redone. Yes, Charlie and his Angels are back.
This time, the story revolves around a young systems engineer named Jane Kano (Ella Balinska) who is concerned about the company she works for. She is so worried that she secretly blows the whistle on a flagrant disregard for security with their latest invention that gives her near infinite power but one that can cause serious harm. Lucky for her, she met the Townsend Agency, a place where there is a huge selection of beautiful women who also happen to be private investigators at the kickbox. Her case is brought to Bosley (Elizabeth Banks) and a team that has picked up including Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart) and Elena Hufflin (Naomi Scott). Now, they must go face-to-face with responsible men and try to prevent technology from getting into the wrong hands. If you've ever been afraid that Alexa will act, then this might be the movie for you!
Sigh Sometimes you really want to go to a movie like this and just have fun. If you are old enough to remember the series, you are unlikely to remember any draft. It was all about the stupidity of it all, and the chemistry between the stars of the series. The story and the script this time try very hard to pay tribute to the original angels. Written by Elizabeth Banks – who also directed – it has some bright spots. The introductory sequence with Kristen Stewart and bad guy Jonny Smith (Chris Pang) had some engaging moments. Also, the occasional reference to punk or pop culture – ALKATRAZ BIRDMAN to be specific – was particularly clever. However, similar to the recent C.H.I.P.S. adapting to a big screen, this fails to completely convince him of a fully balanced comedy action. Rarely is it funny, and the sequences of casual fights barely rise above the stupid mouse scene in PITCH PERFECT 3 – another franchise in which Elizabeth Banks was heavily involved.
The best thing about the new movie is the casting of the angels themselves. Ella Balinska, who joins the Angels, just like in the original series – adds a charming on-screen presence to the trio. The same can be said for Naomi Scott, who also manages to bring a little bite to coercive violence. However, it is Kristen Stewart who really does have fun as Sabina. The actress devotes herself to the sheer ridiculous role and script. In fact, a few truly inspired laughter come from her wild personality on screen. If only these three had better villains to fight. In fact, if this movie manages to continue the franchise, maybe they could avoid all the boring settings next time around and simply leave these three lost.
And, speaking of the actors, there are a few familiar faces when it comes to companions. Patrick Stewart, Imimon Jonsu, Nat Jackson, Noah Sentino, Sam Claflin and Athonathan Tucker round out the cast. It is fun to see Stewart as a step into this shining and awkward world, and the same can be said for Jonsu. However, these beautiful gentlemen do not have much to work with. As a Tucker fan, I was looking forward to seeing him play a diabolical and wicked killer. Still, as a quiet villain – he has no lines, only a few grumbles – he's far more repetitive than intense. While this feature does not have to be treated, it is advisable to raise the stakes a bit to give more heavy duty sequences less energy. Instead, the two watches pull themselves to their predictable end, trying hard to offer laughter every so often.
The most recent attempt to revive the Charlie's Angels may surprise some fans. And the way they tie it up not only in the original series, but also in McGG-Tic, is actually quite creative. Unfortunately, the final project would have been much more decent if it had been a pilot episode for the CW series. This is an easy and boring attempt to keep this franchise on the big screen, one that takes two hours without any real bets or excitement. Even further, the combination of Stewart, Scott and Balinska is engaged, and Banks manages to bring a little sparkle to Bossley's image. This is the kind of movie that can resonate with young girls who need the power of a little girl – the kind Spice Dams did with "Wannabe" – and it's not necessarily bad. They even have a strangely timed dance number to Classic Donna Summer tune "Bad Girls". But these girls are not bad, it's just a shame that the movie in which it is found is not very good.