people think that film has stagnated and theres no innovation
like there was in the good old days when Scorcese, Spielberg and
Lucas first hit the scene. With directors like Paul Thomas Anderson,
Sam Mendes and David Fincher on the rise, that point of view sounds
more and more like its coming from people who are out of
touch. However, all of the television show remake movies that
are out there dont make a strong case for the modern film.
Everyone loves the Brady Bunch. No problem there. But with movies
like the Avengers, George of the Jungle and Dudley Do Right, its
clear that theres something missing. So, Charlies
Angels isnt that big a shock. Fortunately, it takes the
cue from Mission Impossible, building on a set of characters with
a more modern plot.
Just in case
you dont know the premise of the show that made Farrah Fawcett
poster girl of the 70s, Charlies Angels is about three
brilliant women who are hired by Charlie, a man theyve never
seen, to help out people in distress. Ideally its like having
Bond and the Bond girl in one and theres three of
them. The word subtle doesnt seem to be in Aaron Spellings
vocabulary. Dylan Sanders (Drew Barrymore) opens the film coming
out of the Chads (played by husband Tom Greene) boat. Alex
Munday (Lucy Lui) is a homemaker girlfriend to actor Jason (Matt
LeBlanc). Matt LeBlanc not free from the Friends family big screen
curse did the right thing by taking a small role in this movie.
Cameron Diaz is innocent, awkward and boy crazy as Natalie Cook.
All three angels leave their personalities behind when its
time for business, though. They head to their lush angel lair,
provided by the mysterious Charlie, to meet with Boswell (Bill
Murray) for their next assignment. This case naturally concerns
a young computer mogul, Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell) and his partner
(Kelly Lynch). The young computer genius is kidnapped and held
for ransom. The angels encounter the Thin Man (Crispin Glover
who should have a part in every movie) on their hunt for
Eric Knox. A few twists and turns later, the angels uncover a
whole new dimension to the case and find themselves rescuing the
a buzz around this movie that it would be empowering for little
girls and show strong women as the leads in a big budget action
flick. This movie spends most of its time showing how brilliant
women can dress up as belly dancers or in lederhosen in order
to stupefy chauvinistic men and gain information from them. This
movie makes Ginger Spice look like Joan Baez.
the feminist ramifications of Charlies Angels should give
anyone pause. So, I took a deep breath, vowed to switch to decaf,
and realized that I was taking this movie much too seriously.
Perhaps I switched to the analysis of this movie because it was
a better alternative to the other option, that this movie merely
has mass appeal and its all just explosions and bad jokes.
certain sacrifices made in a movie that is supposed to have mass
appeal. Even so, there are still some things that shouldnt
be overlooked. The action sequences were great. However, there
is a difference between being as exciting as The Matrix and ripping
off The Matrix. The Matrix was very distinctive and very popular.
That shouldnt give the green light to directors to copy
it. In addition to all of their disguises to uncover information,
you need only look to Natalies Soul Train dance sequence
to see how campy this movie is. The jokes degenerate into double
entendre unworthy of most sitcoms. Feel free to stick things
in my slot. Sure thing.
One also wonders
what the hell was Bill Murray doing in Charlies Angels?
For every Operation Dumbo Drop or The Man Who Knew Too Little,
hell do a Hamlet or a Rushmore. Theres merit in keeping
your audience guessing with the film roles you choose but its
also isnt safe from Drew Barrymores real life love
interests. Luke Wilson (Drews ex boyfriend), whose career
is still baffling, plays Natalies love interest. Tom Greene
also adds his distinctive humor to the movie.
It was playful
and I could see how other people could like it. I didnt.
But who cares? Its going to rake in the dough. Thats
just the way the modern movie is. Im just waiting for A-Team
the movie. Thats going to kick ass.