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Movie Title: Charlies Angels
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska
Run Time: 118
Year: 2019
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Charlie’s Angels (2019) is a reboot of the classic 1970s TV show and continuation of the early 2000s movie of the same name. The franchise usually concerns itself with a trio of highly trained women, code-named ‘Angels’ that work for the Townsend Agency, and are assisted by an individual named Bosley (previously played by Bill Murray), the Angels generally work as investigative entities in dangerous missions. This time around, the Townsend Agency has gone global with multiple teams of Angels and multiple Bosleys all working around the world to carry out contracts of their private clients and save the world. This film is fantastic when it comes to positive role models and important messages that younger kids can take away, such as that women have just as much strength and ingenuity as men and that they don’t need to sacrifice their femininity to be tough. The Townsend Agency also exclusively features female Angels, with the trio that is being featured in the movie being ethnically diverse and all skilled in their own ways as a character. But one thing parents ought to take note of is, that this is an action film and will feature more than a few fights and somewhat grisly deaths.

Frankly, going into this film I did not expect too much from it, thinking it to be another unfortunate sequel or reboot of an older franchise to be used as a cash grab. I was quite wrong. One of the best things about this film was Kristen Stewart’s performance as Sabina. Stewart, formerly of Twilight fame displays surprising comedic chops that contribute heavily to many of the film’s laughs. What’s great is that while the writing may not be Academy-Award winning quality, you can tell that the cast is enjoying themselves thoroughly in their delivery of cheesy dialogue, making the movie seem all the more energetic and fun, less concerned with impressing anyone with ground-breaking cinema.

Despite the bubbliness of its stars and the re-invigoration of an old franchise, the 2019 entry is not quite fully baked. The execution of the film ultimately comes off as formulaic and boring, it adheres to very traditional action-movie story structure a-la action sequence, dramatic lull for exposition, action sequence, laugh and happy ending. Writer-Director Elizabeth Banks makes the unfortunate mistake of placing a bit too much focus on the action, rather than the characters and cast of the film, who could have used their likability and energy to drive the film and its messages forward better than a chase sequence.

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Nirek Panditha
Author: Nirek Panditha
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