CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2019): The Things I Liked…

Charlie's Angels (2019), Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Charlie’s Angels (2019), Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Sony Pictures Entertainment

I wanted Charlies Angels, an action / comedy about three ass-kicking young women who work for a private detective agency to be a good movie. Unfortunately, I can’t quite say that ‘good’ is the word that best fits.  

Part of the reason director Elizabeth Banks’s film isn’t great is firstly, the fact that it offers nothing that hasn’t been seen many, many times before and often better executed. Second, there’s the arguably insufficient chemistry between the three main characters played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. It also really didn’t help that much of the humour – most of which is delivered by Stewart came across as a tad forced.

Lastly, Naomi Scott’s character’s transition from hacker to full blown Angel just seemed unconvincing to me. I mean, the ‘bowl cuts’ sequence was fun but I just couldn’t believe how comfortable she appeared to be in such a high stress predicament. (Could I be projecting here? Maybe a little.)

In terms of what I liked, the on screen presence of the silent, tattooed assassin played by Jonathan Tucker stood out for me in a good way. Plus, newcomer Ella Balinska has me excited to see what her next roles will be. I also did rather enjoy the below line because of the fear it must inspire in the person to whom the words are directed.

Oh baby, baby! You swiped right. I’m your girlfriend now!’ 

Should you find yourself especially curious, give Charlie’s Angels a chance. Otherwise, I trust that you know what to do.

Happy Film Loving


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