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All girl power but no star power in Charlie’s Angels reboot

All girl power but no star power in Charlie’s Angels reboot

We were promised one of the biggest block­busters of the year, but what we got was a C-grade action flick that didn’t even register a blip at the box office. That really is the only kind way to describe the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

EntertainmentWorld-Entertainment
By David Griffiths

Monday 2 December 2019, 10:00AM


Now showing in Phuket.

Now showing in Phuket.

By now you have probably heard the many varied excuses that have been offered up trying to explain why Charlie’s Angels has struggled so badly at the box office. According to the film’s di­rector Elizabeth Banks, the reason is that sexism is still rife in Hollywood. Yet the original Charlie’s Angels film, and films like Tomb Raider, Salt and The Hunger Games, have seen success.

It seems the reason why this film failed so badly is simple – it’s a bad film that doesn’t live up to its potential and suffers from a serious lack of star power.

Plot-wise, Charlie’s Angels sees gifted young scientist Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott) help create a device that could be the answer to the Earth’s energy crisis. However, when she learns that it can easily be used as a deadly weapon but it still made public by the corporation she works for, she turns to Charlie’s Agency to try and contain it.

Led by Bosley (Elizabeth Banks), Jane Kano (Ella Balinska) and Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stew­art) embark on a mission that sees them take on a highly skilled assassin know as Hodak (Jonathan Tucker) who is determined to get the weapon into the hands of his employer.

What sounds like a pretty basic synopsis actu­ally turns quite convoluted and is perhaps step one to why so many of the traditional Charlie’s Angels fans have turned their back on this film. The small agency with three angels has now turned into a worldwide agency with a seemingly endless sup­ply of angels.

If that doesn’t remove things too far from the original concept, the audience is then introduced to an army of Bosleys (most nota­bly played by Banks, Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou) within the first five minutes of the film. This worldwide agency idea didn’t work for the last offering in the Men In Black franchise and again doesn’t work here.

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Like its plot overload, the film is also danger­ously let down by its action sequences. What should be straightforward fight and chase sequences look cumbersome and amateurish here. A surprise con­sidering that, while Elizabeth Banks has never shot action before, her cinematographer Bill Pope has worked on films such as The Matrix and Spider-Man 2 and should have been able to make the film look a lot better than this.

The one saving grace for the film was Kristen Stewart. She may have been let down by a poor script and bad action sequences, but she still man­ages to shine with great charisma and a quick wit which at times is the only thing that makes the film watchable. Still, even her performance couldn’t match the star power of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu offered by the film’s predecessor.

With very little star push and a script that made it seem C-grade, Charlie’s Angels seems like it was doomed before it even left the studio floor. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we just found this year’s Golden Razzie winner.


David Griffiths has been working as a film and music reviewer for over 20 years. That time has seen him work in radio, television and in print. You can follow him at www.facebook.com/subcultureentertainmentaus

 

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