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A Razzie for Demi Moore, and Razzie nominations for just about everyone
else, including the picture itself. Hogwash!
I cannot think of the time when I was absolutely glued to the screen. There wasn't a second in this film that wasn't a thrill to watch. Come on, folks, did you think you were watching Citizan Kane or Grand Illusion, or Bicycle Thieves?
While the movie is never going to be considered a work of art, it is not kitsch either.
Forget about plot development. Whatever plot there was was just to provide an excuse for the entertainment, and entertainment it was. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu were over the top. No one could realistically think they could stand the punishment meted out to them and not be a mass of quivering jelly. No one could believe that there was always something handy to get them out of a scrape. And, certainly no one could believe that Matt LeBlanc or Luke Wilson could be serious love interests.
It was PG-13 for the kiddies, and almost an R for those who watched closely. Great entertainment that had me glued for almost two hours.
I have to add that any film that features John Cleese is never a waste of time.
Playing like a music video spliced with a fighting game, Charlies angels:
full throttle is straight up eye candy, a film designed specifically to
showcase a whole bunch of visually impressive things and though its not bad
for being this way , it doesn't make for an 100 percent satisfying viewing
The films main problem is that the tons of action and craziness on display is so frequent and superficial that you merely watch the film and acknowledge the fact that everything looks nice rather than get drawn into the film and be gripped by it .Also , the films climax isn't as satisfying as the likeably over the top one in the original and Bernie Mack doesn't get a proper chance to showcase his comedy styling the way Bill Murray did in part 1 .
There are some high points though, like the titular angels who make sexy and bubbly heroes. Also, the fight sequence in which the angels do battle with a bunch of evil sailors is impressive. On the comedic side of things, the stand out funny moments are a running joke in which Natalie's dad totally misinterprets descriptions of his daughters line of work and the fate of the guy who makes the mistake of slapping Dylan's bum.
On the whole, the film is a loud collection of action sequences and comedy sketches. And since not every colourful chunk of the film is really anything special , Charlie's angels 2 emerges as a colourful but unsatisfying viewing experience.
I liked the original Charlie's Angels movie, but this one just pushes it's luck. It's even more ridiculously fast paced and quick cutting than the first, and there seems to be a lot of little things going on that only the director and the cast know but don't let us see. Elaborate setups are made for minor plot points, and in some instances, there are shots that don't seem to have any connection whatsoever to what's going on. Granted, the chicks are hotter than ever, but as far as the movie itself, it's actually kind of annoying. It's short attention span theater to the max.
Infantile fun with the three giggling geese. Enjoyed it and accepted the movie for what it was, silly, stupid and fun. If you are looking for Oscar material, then you must be lost. The scene in the Mongolian Bar was fun and got a chuckle out of all of us.
The first movie was thin on plot, but good fun all round; "Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle" (a subtitle which, other than maybe referring to the movie's
pace, has a lot less to do with the movie than its original subtitle "Halo")
is a case of the same as before but lesser than before.
With Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu back in front of the camera (as Natalie, Dylan and Alex) and McG back behind it, the movie also restores all the elements the first one had - rapid-fire editing, glitzy shooting, wildly over-the-top action, endless songs on the soundtrack, our heroines being as sexy as possible etc., etc. - but the strands of gossamer that writers John August (also back from the first movie), Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley ("I Spy," "The 6th Day") call a plot are puffed out by some attempts to be... ulp... serious. Basically, the movie suffers whenever it takes time out to look at the personal lives of our Angels (Natalie's moved in with a guy, Alex's visiting her father - John Cleese of all people - and, admittedly the one most tied in to the alleged plot, Dylan's ex is out of prison), and the tongue-in-cheek humour that was one of the original movie's main virtues is reduced as a result, not least in some of the battle scenes; sometimes it feels like you're watching two different movies.
"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" also brings up reminiscences of several different movies and TV shows, sometimes deliberately (Lucy's [and the movie's] very first line of dialogue - "Get off the babysitter" - is from "Risky Business"; one sequence is in homage to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"), other times less so (the major stunt in the opening titles is pinched from "GoldenEye," although it actually seems less ridiculous than it did there, probably because this entire movie is so outlandish that it fits right in... unlike the attempts to be serious). Unfortunately, the series this movie is most reminiscent of is McG's own "Fastlane," which though enjoyable enough was hardly a model for a great movie.
Bill Murray is also sorely missed (Bernie Mac isn't really a good substitute), and the only reason Demi Moore isn't the worst thing about the movie is that Pink is in it. (And never mind Miss Moore's flesh-baring; an uncredited Jaclyn Smith [briefly reprising her series role as Kelly, the only Angel to stay the course from beginning to end, in a scene that plays like a cameo on "The Simpsons" - complete with Dylan saying "Kelly Garrett!"] is the REAL flagbearer for the still-hot-over-the-age-of-40 in this movie.) It won't stand up to close scrutiny, but it wasn't designed for that; it's best to just sit back and let it wash over you, and it'll do its job. And it does it pretty well in the end.
In any case, it's hard for me to slate a movie with Cameron Diaz impersonating M.C. Hammer, or one which features the ladies showing Christina Aguilera a thing or 50 about strutting about in revealing lingerie (set to "The Pink Panther" yet). Just do "S.W.A.T." seriously, that's all I ask.
This movie was dumb and dumbererererer. Cameron and Lucy sure looked good though which is why I didn't leave the theater. Guys, turn off the brain and make believe it's 2:30am and you just channel surfed right into some soft core porn. From that angle, you won't be disappointed. Ladies, don't worry you can do the same. The guys in the movie look good too. How can a director make great special effects look bad. Leave it to McG. The first scene with the helicopter off the cliff was so ridiculous, I laughed out loud. If that was the intention, great job Micky G.
The final line of the movie occurs when the character played by Lucy Liu is
questioned about her career choice: "It's a no brainer". You could say the
same thing about this film. It's not high concept, it won't win any Academy
Awards, and it's totally derivative - of the 1970s television series, of
"Raiders Of The Lost Ark", of "The Matrix", and much else. Indeed the whole
thing looks like an extended music video with thumping rock music and
amazing stunts - not so surprising, given that the director is McG who has
spent most of his life crafting such vacuuous but flashy material.
Nevertheless, as entertainment and fun, these angels are close to heaven. There is never any need to think, because it's all so simple and signposted - Cameron Diaz in a white bikini is obviously the cute cherub, while Demi Moore - still wonderful at 40 - in the black bikini has to be a fallen angel, while the guy who played the bad terminator and the one who is trying to put on an Irish accent have to be devillish villains. There are not many films with four leading roles for attractive women who kiss ass - so just enjoy.
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Upon seeing this film, I was curious about it. The first film was IMO was THE FILM! It had kick ass action, funny one-liners, terrific acting, and a good plot. This second edition to the Charlie's Angels franchise is pretty good, but there are some parts that made me say "What were they thinking?" Like the scene where the Angels use a flame thrower, and Seamus walks out of the flames unharmed and his hair unsinged, or the scene towards the end with Demi Moore's character flying with no explaination off a roof (that was the only thing in the scene that bothered me though; I could see the Angels using the lights as ropes). The plot did seem to be a little confusing the first time I saw it, but as I kept seeing it, I think understood it. Here it is (from what I can tell): Two titanium rings encrypted with the new aliases of people in the witness protection program are "stolen" in an attempt to gather all the major crime families and bring them to justice. This sophisticated (or insane) plot is all concocted by the fallen Angel, Madison Lee, who was injured in a case because of her inability to work with partners. I'm pretty sure that when she was injured, it affected her psychologically, and that combined with her need for independence drove her to her status as a rogue Angel, and she became power hungry (remember, she said "Why be an Angel when I can play God?"). She set her sights on the Townsend Detective Agency, where her ordeal began, and in her fragile state, decided to take revenge on Charlie by taking out his current Angels. In the end, she was killed herself, a testament of irony. In the acting department, I think this one succeeds the first one, adding mo0re character developement. The dialogue is good, but the innuendos are tedious, and the scene where Alex' dad mistakes her for a stripper, I was NOT laughing. I do like the fact that the movie payed homage to other movies/TV shows. The scene that makes me laugh , though, is the scene where Natalie hides in the bathroom stall. Hilarious! I think bringing Bernie Mac on board as Bosley was a good idea. He has better chemistry with the Angels than Bill Murray. Demi Moore looked amazing for someone who's given birth and did a helluva job as Charlie's "fallen Angel". I can't picture anyone else as Madison Lee. Jaclyn Smith reprising her role as Kelly Garret was awesome. Her scene was one of my favorites in the whole movie, and she looked stunning. I like the scene with the Thin Man (Crispin Glover) and Dylan; it's a sweet moment and gives us a glimpse of his character. Emmers (Rodrigo Santoro), and Seamus (Justin Theroux) are hot. Dayum!! Holla! The music for the movie was pretty cool, it even prompted me to download some of the songs (everytime I hear "Danger, High Voltage", I'm 'a think of that hot surfer). Overall, this film is a great summer movie, albeit with a few flaws. If you're not a fan of this franchise, fa'geddit! But if you are, rock on!
My husband and I went to this movie together and it was the first one we've walked out on in many years. The plot was shallow, the acting was horrible, and there was far more computer-genrated action than we expected causing the entire movie to lose what miniscule thread of credibility we assumed it might have to begin with. Oddly placed dance numbers added offbeat humor. I think that, for males, this is primarily a visual treat (scantily clad women and plenty of action, little cerebral work). Females above the age of 12 can easily find much better entertainment than this.
I loved the first charlies Angels. I have been eagerly anticipating the second one. The first one had a definite flow and all three of the angels were working as a team on one project... the second one seemed to separate the trio and focus more on their personal lives and interests rather than the fact that they are crime fighting beauties. I loved all the cameos and the references to past films and t.v. shows but it seemed to me like they filmed each individual scene and then decided at the end how to put everything together with a story line that is thread thin and basically unbelievable.
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