Ahlia Karam | 16/11/2019
It’s 2019, the year of the reboot, and no story is safe; not even Charlie’s Angels.
Fast forward almost 20 years from our last instalment and Charlie’s Angels have gone international. There are more Angels and Boseley’s than you can count. Our original Boseley, played by Patrick Stewart, is retiring, and we are treated to a montage of his days on the force, including some poorly photoshopped scenes from the 2000s films.
Gone too are the days of our original trio, with the Angels working more as single agents that come together for particular jobs. We are introduced to our first two Angels, Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart), the wild and wonderful distraction, and Jane Kano (Ella Balinska), former MI6 and here to save the world. The third addition is the unsuspecting, sweet and innocent scientist Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott).
While the 2000’s film that a lot of us saw as an original was in fact a reboot in itself, this new coming of Angels doesn’t quite have the same landing. Our original came out with a bang whereas this was more of a sizzle.
The camaraderie we all enjoyed from our original trio is gone. The new three seem to do their best with the script but we never really feel they connect. There is one punishing scene where our resident tough girl seems to break down out of nowhere but it really couldn’t fall more flat.
Every sort of narrative this film tries to portray was just a little too obvious, whether it was the men underestimating women trope, the tough girl finds love or the dim witted investor. Subtlety was no one's friend.
What was most disappointing was the loss of charisma and class that the skits and schemes of the 2000’s film possessed in excess. This new iteration sees the same gun fights and car chases that come through in any action film, but we want to see our Angels use their intellect and skill to outsmart complex systems, something the OG trilogy had in spades.
It seems that perhaps all the budget of this film went into skipping from one country to another for no particular reason, whereas it should have gone into the choreography of the stunt work or any type of movie magic to make it seems like the people jumping, fighting and flipping through the area were at all the same as our main characters. It has the elegance of a ballet production you might see at the local hall.
With one ‘blockbuster’ actress and two new gals to the scene, there isn’t a whole lot of experience brought to these roles, and to be honest it shows. Kristen Stewart is finally given the opportunity to show off some personality in this role, and she is really the shining star. She brings humour and charisma to an otherwise flat script. Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott have started themselves strong as best they could with the materials provided but their performances were still lacking maturity.
On top of the main cast, there is a sprinkling of millenial goodness (Lili Reinhart, Hailee Steinfeld, Aly Raisman and Chloe Kim) that didn’t really need to be there, and also blink and you’ll miss him cameo from Noah Centineo as Elena’s seemingly dimwitted assistant. But hey, maybe we will be seeing more of these bit players if this reboot somehow gets a sequel.
And one thing really quick, why are we still making actresses run in heels?
If you’re looking for easy entertainment, this one's for you.