Charlie’s Angels (2019)
Who’s In It: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Housou, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker
Who Directed It: Elizabeth Banks
Plot: When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie’s Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.
Running Time: 118 Minutes
IMDB Score: 4.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52% Critics 78%
Why I Watched It: It was one of those why nots, I watch a lot of movies and sometimes the reason is just because.
How I Watched It: Amazon Prime Canada
Random Thoughts: So these numbers are interesting or weird however you want to look at it. Very rarely is the IMDB numbers the lowest but you can see how mixed this film was and is. Now there’s a reason I never talk box office in reviews cause that doesn’t matter however you can talk about a film under performing for me I walk into every film with an open mind, good buzz bad buzz, great box office a film tanked, I walk with an open mind and judge it by my standards but I do like stats and I do like to see what other people think, So here is a case where the numbers don’t say a lot.
I’m not going into the whole “Woke” side argument. I will say this I do think Elizabeth Banks might have bitten off more than she can chew here, she directed it, co-wrote and is acting in it and it should be pointed out she hasn’t directed a film like this before, an action film with set pieces. Didn’t films and different budgets require different skill sets and even though I don’t think Banks has a director is bad I’m not sure she’s a good action director. I will also say I’m surprised they didn’t go for a bigger name lead cast, sure they have Stewart who’s a name but she’s now made her bones as an indie darling not a face of a big blockbuster. Please don’t bring up Twilight we’re all past that now.
So this is a reboot, there’s no connections to the two other shows or the two other movies. Pretty much stand alone so you can go in cold.
What I Liked: The cast is game and my favorite is Kristen Stewart who is just having fun, she’s loose and gives a nice quirky funny performance. There’s a few names in the supporting cast and on the whole the cast do a good job,no one will walk away with an Oscar but everyone is committed and everyone tries.
I should say this on paper is more of an action film but the tone is light and more inline with a comedy but it’s really not that funny. I smiled a few times and like I said the tone is light but the action is serious.
What I Didn’t Like: They should have leaned more on the comedy or the lighter stuff cause when this film tries to be an action film it’s not very good, it’s not terrible but Banks as a director doesn’t know how to shot a proper action scene or to set and frame it. The fights and set pieces are flat and at times just too slight to actually care. You either have to ground or action or go over the top and make it fun just look at how the Fast and Furious films are done. Here Director Banks kind of sits in the middle and it’s not compelling or engaging.
I mentioned some names in the supporting cast it’s a shame these characters aren’t in it more. Patrick Stewart is fun and Djimon Hounsou is barely in it. Banks as an actor is good and I liked her but again she’s not in it much. So let’s tackle the Angels, here there’s two and the other one is the client, that right there is dumb and isn’t handled well at all, they don’t seem like a team they’re a duo. Also the three don’t have chemistry, the thing about the other Charlie Angels, TV shows and movies it’s all about the three leads and star power here sadly not so much.
The film also has huge pacing and tone problems the ending is all over the place, there’s a couple of violent and jarring deaths that are not only not earned but don’t fit the tone of the rest of the film. I think the film is caught in between being a big blockbuster and a smaller more fun film and it hits neither.
I haven’t mentioned a plot and I don’t want to, it’s a mess and way more complicated than it needs to be. It’s one of those simple plots that they try hard to make more complicated but in the end they make it nonsensical.
Final Thoughts: It’s not bad and to be fair my oldest daughter liked it enough, It was a decent watch but in the end it was too slight and too long for me.