The three heroines, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore, are about as stereotype as they get... they're beautiful, they're ditzy, and at times it seems as though they are more obsessed with the affection of men than with their jobs. Put three ditzy women into a movie with cheesy antics and what do you get... a surprisingly hilarious and action-packed remake of the hit 1970's show. Charlie's Angels is one of the better films released this year.
The movie is cheesy, but it is trying to be cheesy. In fact, it thrives in it. Whether the girls are wondering how their hair looks in the middle of an action scene or the film is flashing back to a pre-Angel version of Diaz where she is a nerdy head gear student driver, Charlie's Angels doesn't sound like the typical action fare. The movie has more fun making fun of itself and other shows than actually focusing on the story, but it doesn't matter because after minute one you are drawn into the atmosphere of it all.
Okay, so what happens to the airplane and all those other people on board after the Angels jump out the door in minute one of the movie? We never really find out, and I don't think the people in charge of making this movie were too troubled over it. This tendency to leave things unexplained, or worse, explain plot points too strongly, is common in Charlie's Angels.
But it doesn't matter. The movie is just so thrilling, fun, entertaining, and hilarious that it is hard not to become so immersed in the film so that you aren't worrying about the weak plot points or crappy dialogue. I loved this movie because it really makes you laugh out loud, and it also has some awesome action scenes.
The Angels don't use guns in Drew Barrymore's version of Charlie's Angels, so they use kung fu instead. What we get is a creepily-similar look to The Matrix, where bullets fly at slow motion and the camera moves just right to capture every exaggerated blow. Some may find this annoying, but it is also exhilarating, because within this so called comedy there are some gut wrenching fight scenes. Barrymore seems the most unlikely of the three to be able to pull this off but she does a very surprising job, and also manages to flash the camera once in a while.
In the case of Charlie's Angels I think the acting is limited by the script, which is either incredibly clever or incredibly stupid. In terms of dialogue for helping the comedy the script is great, but when it comes to story motivations there isn't much too it. The Angels figure things out extremely quickly just because (or they recognize the sound of a specific bird), and sometimes you'd wish that they'd use a little more detective skills to work things out. But still, if the movie isn't showing action it is showing comedy, and the formula works.
There are flaws in Charlie's Angels but it is so easy to overlook them because this movie is just entertaining. It's a must-see for everyone, a highly-entertaining version of Mission: Impossible.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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