review by Bobby Blakey
Through the years there have been many TV shows that have made the transition into feature films. The 1970’s hit series Charlie’s Angels has been one of those shows with two feature films in 2000 and 2003 as well as a TV series revival in 2013. Now the Angels are returning to the big screen once again starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou and Elizabeth Banks who also co-wrote and directs. Could this latest entry do the brand justice for a new generation or is it time for them to be grounded?
Charlie’s Angels follows 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. I was never a big fan of the original series, but remember still enjoying the episodes I watched with my parents as a kid. When the new movies hit in 2000 it was a fun ridiculous ride that worked well enough, but never stood out much for me there either. I honestly thought this franchise was dead in the water at this point, but found myself a bit interested when they launched the new trailer and direction of it all.
With this new film they have connected all the previous outings together as one big global brand with moments that harken back to everything before it. This makes for an interesting take on the franchise and one that could offer up a lot of future fun as well. To my dismay the rest of the movie didn’t really offer up much to get excited about. The Angel’s themselves have good chemistry together and look to be having a blast which helps the energy of the movie as a whole, but its wrapped in a film that isn’t overly exciting or more than average at best. Of them all I felt Stewart stood out the most and looks like she is all in and having the time of her life.
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