Review by Camden Ferrell
After 16 years, Charlie’s Angels is the third film for the franchise that started with the classic television series. This newest film is written and directed by Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2). While it is a fairly generic action flick, a fresh cast and mindlessly fun action make this movie more enjoyable than not.
This film follows a young engineer trying to stop her company from releasing a potentially dangerous invention of hers. When the whole situation gets out of hand, she receives help from Charlie’s Angels to find those involved and protect the world. This is a very standard action plot with tropes and clichés that have been seen too often, but it is an adequate set up for the mindless fun that follows.
This is a film that is very accessible. No prior knowledge of the series is required to enjoy the film, and that helps incorporate a new fan base to the franchise. However, for fans of the series, there are plenty of references and callbacks to satisfy viewers. It stands very well on its own, and it should be fun for all audiences young and old.
This film stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska. They are all very talented actresses, and this film gives all of them room to grow and explore more than they usually do. However, Scott’s performance is probably the best in the film. It’s fun as we get to see her character be introduced to this new world, and she is incredibly charming in her role. The supporting cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, and Sam Claflin, and they all give decent performances that don’t particularly stand out.
The main problem with the movie is how blandly it was written. It feels like every other action blockbuster, and it does very little to set itself apart. It tries to blend comedy and action, and it isn’t always successful. There are a handful of funny lines, but most of them fall flat. However, the cast does a pretty solid job at making the most of the material they have been given.
The movie is also full of many themes of feminism and empowerment. While these are admirable traits, the message is often too heavy-handed and on the nose. Subtlety is not the film’s strong suit, but it is still a noble attempt at creating powerful female characters. They are very strong-willed and serve as great role models for the younger members of the audience who will see this film.
The action in this movie can also feel a little underwhelming. It’s PG-13 rating proves itself to be a noticeable restriction in the way the fights were shot and choreographed. It can make the action feel very stale at times, but it’s hardly noticeable for the most part.
Charlie’s Angels is bound to please its target audience. Even if it is an unoriginal story, it features a fun cast and some timely themes. The action and comedy may sometimes fall flat, but the film still offers plenty of mindless fun for all audiences.
Charlie’s Angels is in theaters November 15th.
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