Review Round Up: Charlie’s Angels

Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott star in this new reboot of the classic 70’s television series.

The Guardian: * “In theory, it could have worked: it is written and directed by Elizabeth Banks who is no slouch at comedy, and who takes an acting role herself. But, from the very first, this Charlie’s Angels is all about action and pointless international location work, without the necessary lightness and the solvent of fun.”

The Irish Times: * “Nothing works. The banter is ex-cru-ciat-ing. The action scenes appear cut together by the random footsteps of a cat on the keyboard. The clothes are so unflattering that one sighs gratefully when, released from high-street mundanity, Stewart gets to dress as a novelty jockey.” *** “it’s obvious that Stewart is having a blast letting loose in a rare comic role. She’s magnetic in an entirely different way. She’s never had the opportunity to show off her off-kilter timing or her inspired physicality quite like this. Her Sabina is a constant surprise—not just for us, but for the villains around the world who have the misfortune of finding themselves in her sights.”

The Independent: ** “The mindless silliness of it all might have worked if the film had fully leaned into it. Charlie’s Angels has its moments (including a pouting, cool-girl dance sequence set to Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls”), but it’s never camp or self-indulgent enough to match the sight of Cate Blanchett strutting out in a full-sequined jumpsuit in last year’s Ocean’s 8.”

Empire: **** “Banks has always been one for well-designed characters and worlds — the wardrobe, geography and production design of this film are ambitiously stylish.” * “The most unimaginative element of a grimly unimaginative film is ‘Callisto’, a computerised Rubik’s Cube that can generate clean sustainable energy, or something. But, wait, Callisto can also be used to zap everyone in its vicinity with a fatal electro-magnetic pulse! It is “a perfect assassination machine”, which is why someone is planning to steal it and sell it on the black market. The annoying thing about this feeble premise is that Callisto would be worth far more as a pocket-sized power plant than as an assassination machine, perfect or otherwise, so the thief should really have rethought his business plan.”

Screen Rant: “In terms of Banks’ script for Charlie’s Angels, it does have some issues, with the story meandering at times in between the action set pieces.”

The Hollywood Reporter: “Banks brings Charlie’s Angels into the modern age with flair, all while unapologetically raising a feminist flag, championing female friendships and subtly making a point about the urgency of the ongoing climate crisis.”

The Metro: ** “Charlie’s Angels isn’t the worst film you’ll see this year, but it’s horrifically bland. A studio supervised action movie which feels formulaic throughout, Stewart’s surprise star turn can’t gloss over the fact that this is one team that’s unlikely to get a second mission.”

The Telegraph: *** “anti-feminist schadenfreude can whistle at the numbers, while the film remains exactly what it is – frisky, disposable, and pretty harmless fun.”

Vulture: “It’s only Stewart, whose line readings are wildly counterintuitive, who finds a rhythm that works. She plays her character as a crypto-queer, filter-free goofball, and it’s wonderfully weird.”

Slate: ” The hand-to-hand combat is refreshingly realistic for women of the actresses’ size, but the action sequences by and large feel obligatory. Where Charlie’s Angels really falters, though, is in the jokes, as Banks is the only actress on screen with any real comic chops. One can’t help wondering what might’ve been if she’d concerned herself more with being her weird self and less with trying to make every woman in the audience feel validated.”

Charlie’s Angels is released in cinemas on the 29th November.

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