THE new Charlie’s Angels movie updates the campy action adventure involving three kick-ass ladies out to save the world.
Originally a TV series from the groovy 1970s, it also spawned two over-the-top movies in 2000 and 2003 that starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.
This brand new edition takes itself too seriously though and repeatedly jackhammers the female empowerment message into the viewer’s face.
If that wasn’t clear enough, one of the main characters even redundantly states that, “women can do anything.”
And they certainly can as the story revolves around the three capable Angels and their mission to recover a weaponised digital device that can kill people.
Twilight’s Kristen Stewart plays the rebellious Sabina, Aladdin’s Naomi Scott is a scientist and the new recruit Elena and
relative newcomer Ella Balinska takes on the seemingly invincible former MI-6 agent Jane.
Traditionally the Angels who work for the private detective agency under its leader, Charlie Townsend, are led by a senior operative known as Bosley.
Here, there are several Bosleys and the latest generation of Angels are led by a former Angel named Rebekah played by Elizabeth Banks, who also serves as the movie’s director.
Although the movie has a few nice moments, the dialogue and jokes rarely hit the mark. The various attire worn by the girls are also questionable.
But the biggest letdown of the movie is the action itself, which is ironic since viewers would expect this department to at least deliver the goods.
Banks, of Pitch Perfect fame, gives the girls several big scenes for them to shine but the choppy and badly edited sequences don’t sell the action and are distracting.
Although the actresses are quite sassy they don’t compare to the more edgy trio of old played by Diaz, Barrymore and Liu, who gave viewers a more fun ride in the previous movies filled with extremely outrageous action sequences.
If anything, the new Charlie’s Angels might appeal to the teen girl set but others would do well to give this a miss.
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Banks
STARRING Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Patrick Stewart
DURATION 119 minutes