And so the 'sequel that acts as a soft reboot' trend continues. 'Charlie's Angels' is the latest installment in the titular spy franchise which began with the 1970s TV series followed by the two films in the early 2000s. This rendition stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the three new Angels, alongside […]
And so the 'sequel that acts as a soft reboot' trendcontinues.
'Charlie's Angels' is the latest installment in the titularspy franchise which began with the 1970s TV series followed by the two films inthe early 2000s. This rendition stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and EllaBalinska as the three new Angels, alongside Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounson, SamClaflin, Noah Centineo and Patrick Stewart. Banks also directs and wrote thescreenplay.
This is one of those films, one of those reviews, where itis just a light watch and there's nothing wrong with that. The three mainAngels, Stewart, Scott and Balinska, all have a nice energy about them, andStewart, returning to studio tentpoles after a stint in the indie world,continues to show that she is capable of succeeding in any genre. Not all ofher jokes land, and sometimes Banks' script has her make these bad quips at thewrong time or on the wrong beat, but Stewart seems to be having a ball andmanages to produce a few solid chuckles with her animated movement.
The action sequences are a bit of a mixed bag, as some ofthem are fun and seem like they were choreographed well, however the editing isso quick (like a cut a second) and the camera is held so close to the actorsthat it is hard to tell what is going on. I don't get why movies do this, likewhy rehearse a fight scene if it's just going to come across as random chaos,but that's been a problem for a while so can't expect this to be the last timewe see it.
The plot is, serviceable. It is your classic 'we have to findout who is trying to buy this new weapon before it's too late' storyline, andthe few twists that do come into play are pretty predictable. As I touched onwith Stewart, Elizabeth Banks' script (and she also produced, so all flaws onthis project truly fall on her shoulders) feels lazy at times, many of thejokes are obvious or dialogue full of exposition (at one point a character explainsa plot point we just learned to another, just to ensure the audience caughtit).
'Charlie's Angels' is perfectly sufficient entertainment,although the action is scattershot and the humor only lands every now andagain. Based on the reactions from my audience I'm guessing there are Easter eggssprinkled in for fans of the previous installments, and if you thought thetrailers looked fun then I'm sure you'll get exactly what you want out of this.
Critics Rating: 6/10