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Head-spinning collage of technically marvelous effects in theatrical remake of cult late-'70s TV series. Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Lui are attractive, funny, resourceful, sexy and--most importantly (and surprisingly) quite convincing as super-detectives. Their case (involving rival software companies, a kidnapping, and the planned assassination of boss Charlie) doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and Bill Murray is out-of-it as confidante Bosley, but director McG's modern-comic action is so lightning-fast and silky smooth you may be having too much fun to notice. Some of the satire is actually rather smart, and the girls are game for just about anything. **1/2 from ****
This is a stylish and entertaining action film, albeit a stupid one
mentality-wise. However, there are a lot of movies in that category, so
you just put your brain on "hold" and enjoy the ludicrous story. Here,
it's three gorgeous babes kicking the tar out of everyone.....which IS
The story may be lame but the visuals are a real treat, and I don't mean just the girls, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. The colors in this movie are vivid and fun to view.
The story is cartoon-like in nature and and funny in a number of sots. If you took this story seriously, you'd be insulted. The only warning I would give is for smaller kids because there are a lot of sexual innuendos in here along with a number of closeup shots of cleavage and butts. (Not that I am complaining!)
There's no intellectual challenges made in this movie's plot, and that's how it should be; the characters are only slightly more fleshed-out than any of the ones from the TV show, and that's also not a bad thing - if you put too much seriousness into this kind of film, you wind up killing the roaring-good times to be had. What really makes the film work is the charisma ( & physical charms )of the 3 leading ladies, combined with well-choreographed action sequences and the tongue-in-cheek script. If you enjoy Diaz, Barrymore & Liu ( not to mention Bill Murray )when they're on the screen, you'll love this flick.
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Charlie's detective agency is hired to recover a piece of electronic
equipment to counteract an act of industrial espionage. The three foxy
ladies of Charlie's detective agency are on the case getting caught up
in a variety of hi-jinx that eventually puts all of them in mortal
danger, and even threatens the life of their boss, the demure and
debonair Charlie himself.
Three little girls went to the police academy, their they were assigned very strenuous activities. However, I took them away from all that. And then, I was bought up by Drew Barrymore's production company to be made into this piece o' cr*p! This has to be one of the worst blockbuster's ever made, the women perform a variety of Matrix moves that happen for absolutely no reason apart from the fact that, er, the producers wanted them in there. Cameron Diaz dances in her pants, should be sexy, but comes off as actually quite sad, kind of like a man wearing a Borat style thong, as it seems a bit desperate really, which, for a film which is supposed to be about female empowerment, is just pathetic. Bill Murray clearly wishes he'd seen more of the script before signing on the dotted line and ghosts through the movie, although to be fair to his skills, his scenes in this production are one of the only good things in it, his scene in prison and with the sumo suits is great, but he seems to be wishing that someone would find money enough to make "Royal Tenenbaums" and "Lost in Translation" in order to rescue him from films like this.
And for me, this is the biggest travesty of this film, that with a cast that includes Cameron Diaz, Bill Murray, Sam Rockwell (Great in "Galaxy Quest" and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", here ...Dismal!) and the completely underrated Tim Curry, that such an apocryphal film should be made. Tim Curry is always underused, and both Sam Rockwell and Bill Murray's careers managed to survive this disaster, but in many ways this has had a devastating impact on Cameron Diaz's career. Before this she was arguably one of the most sought after light comedy performers in Hollywood, with a string of good performances from "The Mask" through to "Soemthing about Mary" with glimpses of more depth with "The Last Supper" and "Being John Malkovich", however since these dismal outings she has largely become known as that woman that Justin Timberlake went out with and that great potential that she displayed not long ago now seems woefully underused.
That this is so high a score on IMDb is a travesty to justice and an indictment to the power of advertising and hype as, like the Policeman said, there really is nothing to see here! PS If my memory is correct Akiva Goldsman was the script doctor on this flick. Nuff said!
I went to see 'Charlie's Angels' out of interest after all the interesting
coverage from the set.
The laughably complex plot seems to flow along well with the movie. I found it particularly funny, and enjoyed all the fighting scenes and the fabulous soundtrack.
The performances impressed me the most. Everyone looks like they're having fun, but my favourite was Natalie (Cameron Diaz). When she smiles, you can't help but smile along with her. I also admired that the girls also did all their own stunts, something not too common in films. And despite the rumours, Bill Murray and the girls had good chemistry and he proved an able sidekick to the girls.
With that said, I'll say four words: Bring on the sequel!
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Hollywood really messed up with this film.
It is nothing like the original Charlie's Angels and contains a bunch of anti-male ideology mixed in with stupid stunts. The oriental lady looks like she's slow, Drew Barrymore is fat, and Cameron Diaz is no one's martial artist. The girl weighs 90 lbs' soaking weight and they have her beating up 250 lb. men.
It appears male bashing is a big industry.
Imagine man-hating feminists performing Matrix stunts and the director of the film being Gloria Steinem. You'll have Charlie's Angels in a nutshell.
Three little girls have become three little ladies who work as special
agents for Charlie (via intermediary Bosley). When they are contracted in
to get evidence of Roger Corwin stealing the kidnapped Eric Knox's voice
recognition device. The agents are successful but Knox turns out to have
more sinister motives and the angels find themselves fighting to protect
Charlie and Bosley.
Yet another in a line of film remake's of old TV shows, in the words of LL Cool J `yet another remake of an old TV show'. However this just about succeeds for one simple reason it never tries to take itself seriously. This works because it can be camp, silly and OTT because we know it's meant to be. The plot is OK and has some reasonable twists but really the jokes and action move it along. The silliness can get a bit much at times and is a little tiring.
For example we have far too many shots of the girls tossing their hair, and too many scenes that mean nothing. Eg a high speed car chase ends on a bridge but it has no reason for happening and nothing happens as a result. The fights are very OTT and are very much a matrix rip off they are only just saved by the tongue in cheek attitude of the film. But even then they still silly.
The cast are OK but really they are just playing daft. Rockwell is really good and Bill Murray saves the whole film by being really funny. Tom Green is in it because his girlfriend felt sorry for him and wanted him to be in a film that got shown in a cinema outside of the US, however his character is stupid and pointless. Wilson is good and LL Cool J makes a good cameo, but Tim Curry has been better.
Overall it's enjoyable if you're in the mood for silly popcorn trash. If you're not in the mood this will only serve to irritate you at how poor Hollywood blockbusters can be.
My Take: Energetic, mindless summer eye-candy entertainment.
It's easy to smirk or be nit-picky at something quite as silly as a $92 million big-screen version of CHARLIE'S ANGELS. Looking back, its roots date back to a successful yet critically-reviled TV series in the 70's. Bring it here, at our modern period, and be sure to be laughed at. Joel Schumacher did it, in his 1997 mega-expensive bomb (if you call any movie grossing more than a hundred million dollars, a bad as it is, a bomb) BATMAN AND ROBIN, which was immensely hated by everyone (including yours truly). Now comes CHARLIE'S ANGELS, another big-budget comedy action film lifted from some age that probably no longer exists (at least not on our generation). It's director is a former MTV director. And the script, forget it! How could they make a movie like this? Or maybe a more interesting question would be, after watching it, how could I have possibly loved it? Yes! Regardless of having to remind myself that it was meant to be ridiculous, I positively loved CHARLIE'S ANGELS, silliness and all. You can nitpick all the dumbness and stupidity of the script, but here's someone (among a surprisingly high number of others) who are happy to defend its silliness. It's pure style-over-substance matter, and the style really won me over. The stunts are completely unbelievable, the story probably never left the 70's and the script, the whole script, injects enough camp to make this piece sit right there with the original TV show (of which I wasn't exposed to). But the great thing about that is it was thrown in for laughs and a whole lot of fun. The entire piece never took itself seriously, throwing it a lot of brainless fun at every turn. Director McG (born Joseph McGinty Nichol) uses his stylish skills as an MTV director to good use. Every bit feels like an exhilarating no-questions-asked playhouse of brainless style, and I mean that in the nicest of ways.
The film is one-part MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (and in one instance, after the Angels have described their plan to break in to a room, like that in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie, one of their superiors tells them "That's impossible", followed by a "Sounds like fun" response of excitement from the crime-fighting Angels), another-part John Woo action flick, one-part pure 70's camp and another part spoof of it all, and thrown in, for good measure, some MATRIX-inspired slow-mo stunts. After opening with one of its first few outrageous stunt sequences, the story proceeds, concerning a new set of Angels, including smart and uber-sexy Natalie (Cameron Diaz), tough-cookie but never-not-attractive Dylan (Drew Barrymore) and no-nonsense and no-less sex-appeal Alex (Lucy Liu), as always taking orders from unseen voice-in-a-speakerphone Charlie (voiced by John Fosythe, returning to his voice-acting role form the TV show). Their new mission: Retrieve a stolen voice-recognition software from wealthy programmer Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell). They suspect it may be the owner of a rival company (Tim Curry), but the plot thickens. But what plot? This is all but a clothesline for a series of gravity-defying (or at least every form of science imaginable) stunts (an extremely enjoyable array of fight sequences and a slam-bang helicopter finale). There's humor too, provided by the always reliable Bill Murray as Bosley, Charlie's liaison and the Angels' reliable comic-relief sidekick. Bonus points go to the oddball Crispin Glover as the "Creepy Thin Man" for providing the finest silent villain since Jaws in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.
CHARLIE'S ANGELS is still bound to create a sort of love-hate relationship amongst its viewers. Some will probably hate it for its total disregard of logic and sense. Others will embrace it for what it is: A good, fluffy entertainment (a guilty pleasure if you will). I'm joining that club!
Rating: **** out of 5.
This is not a serious drama. It works as well as it does due to the
very colourful, fun and tongue firmly in cheek vibe that permeates
throughout the film. This is mainly down to the zany atmosphere created
by first time film-maker, but expert pop-promo director McG, In fact
the real tribute has to go to him for crafting a film this good out of
a very difficult production, which faced an incomplete script, and
personality clashes between some of the cast. The film is clearly
tongue in cheek, and references a lot of the stereotypical visual
elements of action movies. From matrix bullet time to music video like
super slow motion shots, the films works slapstick comedy into a
serviceable plot. The three leading ladies are good value, ably
supported by the rest of the cast, albeit Bill Murray's role seems to
almost like a one man stand up show has been worked into the film, and
seems a little out of place. Russell Carpenter's photography is vibrant
and colourful, and musical choices work well for the story.
Overall a lot of enjoyable fun!
This is a clever big-screen adaption of the popular '70s TV series. A trio
of martial arts trained detectives with drop dead gorgeous looks work
exclusively for an unseen boss 'Charlie' Townsend(John Forsythe). The angels
are played by Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. With the sometimes
inept help of Charlie's assistant Bosley(Bill Murray), the striking
detectives investigate a kidnapping and retrieve some highly technical
software that could lead to the death of their boss.
Also in the cast of this fun, run and gun romp are:Tim Curry, Matt LeBlanc, Kelly Lynch and a very impressive villain played by Crispin Glover. If you have yet to fall in love with Miss Diaz, you deserve no mercy. She proves again to be charming, sexy and very talented. Miss Barrymore also has that way of being funny while not losing an ounce of sex appeal.
Although contrived and a bit silly this movie is an action filled escape. There is no doubt that this explosive trio of crime-fighters will be back to use their skills and complete their mission. Thank you, Angels!
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