Monday, November 18, 2019

Charlie's Angels Movie Review

Kristen Stewart stars in Charlie's Angels

Exit, Stage Left

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm as the next generation of fearless Charlie's Angels take flight. In Banks' bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for 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. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Djimon Hounsou, Patrick Stewart, Sam Claflin and Noah Centineo

What's Good: Balinska is super convincing, both as a beauty and physical marvel. She's perfectly cast, but all alone in this poorly executed reboot.

What's Not: If this movie is meant to empower/inspire young girls, why parade your stars in next-to-nothing, while performing impossible feats of strength (with the exception of Balinska, who plausibly kicks butt aplenty?) Banks' direction is clumsy (especially the action sequences) and Kristen Stewart appears uncomfortable throughout, spewing one failed joke after another, while trying to look cool.

P.S. Why so many Bosleys (Banks' screenplay, LOL) and whose idea was it to make Michael Strahan one of them? Perhaps they'll talk about it on Good Morning America.

Budget: $48-55 million

Runtime: 119 minutes

Target Audience: Pre-teenage girls (only.)

Bottom Line: Stewart's Sabina declares early on, "I think women can do anything." She's right, but this movie does nothing to prove her point. The previous movie Angels (Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz & Lucy Liu) were far more convincing and subsequently appealing. This batch? Dead on arrival.

Grade: D