In the time honored tradition of it it was a hit once, it will be again, Hollywod has been mining classic tv shows for years and bringing them to the big screen. Some films such as "The Brady Bunch", "The Addams Family", and "Maverick" were big hits. Other like "Car 54 Where are you?" and "The Wild Wild West" have been duds. The latest film to enter into the fray is "Charlies Angels". The film is an updating of the classic 70's series that turned Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith into stars and made Farrah Fawcett the biggest sex symbol of her era. The show was a huge hit, but suffered over the years as various members of the cast left for one reason or another, to be replaced with one actress after another.
The film like the original show tells the story of three young police ladies who were selected by the mysterious Charlie to form an elite anti crime sqaud. Charlie is known only to the Angels via his voice over a speaker phone. Charlie is assisted by Bosley(Bill Murray) who is not only Charlies right hand man, but watches over the angels and preps them for their missions. In the original series, the angels were former meter maids, crossing guards, and switchboard operators for the police, that under the guidanceof Charlie and Bosley took on the biggest criminals the world could offer week after week. The new angels are cut from a different mix, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore,who also helped produce the film, are a mixed bag. Barrymore's character is a ex-bad girl, Diaz plays a smiling ditz, with a lethal roundhouse kick, and Liu is a bad cook, who is known for her lethal muffins. The three ladies form a lethal team and the fight sequences are first rate. Borrowing heavily from the "Matrix" style stop motion fighting, the new Angels are a true mix of beauty and the beast. a fight scene between them and a hitman (Crispan Glover) had the audience cheering early on, and the campy humor and high tech action scenes blended well.
The story involves the Angels attempting to recover some stolen voice technology from the suspected heavy, a Billionaire(Tim Curray) who wants the technology, and can use it to end all privacy by tracking any communication on the planet. What follows while often campy, yet funny, is a good time thrill ride, as the Angels blend action, romance, and comedy as they attempt to solve the case, handle their social lives, and keep their real job a secret from the men in their lives. Bill Murray was fantastic as Bosley, and he was perfect for the part, easily given a casual, yet hysterical performance. Diaz, Liu, and Barrymore were all first rate, and worked very well with one another.
There were numerous reports that Murray and Liu fought constantly during the filming, and that the script was being rewritten as filming went along. Hollywood insiders were ready to write the film off as a dud. Despite the early rumblings, the film was fun, and should lead to a series of Angels films. Judging from the cheering from the audience, and the fact that the majority of the crowd stayed to watch the credits as well. this film looks like it will be a hit.
Pros: funny; great chemistry within the cast; good direction; FABULOUS stunts Cons: The stupid theatre wasn't THX The Bottom Line: This is one of my favorite flicks. Alright, alright... Maybe I'm jumping the gun (no pun intended) when I say that Charlie's Angels is my new favorite film. My favorites still remain A League of Their Own, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and Army of Darkness, but Charlie's … more
One would think by reading the majority of the critical reviews, CHARLIE'S ANGELS is a great movie adaptation of the 1970s television show. Well, don't think that. CHARLIE'S ANGELS is NOT a great adaptation of the television show in which it was based. Yes, the movie has lots of jiggle and action and the plot is believable (though it's a rip off of MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE). However, the movie is totally uninspired.Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore are the only people in the film who actually look like … more
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For every TV-into-movie success likeThe Fugitive, there are dozens of uninspired films likeThe Mod Squad. Happily--and surprisingly--this breezy update of the seminal '70s jiggle show falls into the first category, with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore (who also produced), and Lucy Liu starring as the hair-tossing, fashion-setting, kung fu-fighting trio employed by the mysterious Charlie (voiced by the original Charlie, John Forsythe). When a high-tech programmer (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, the angels seek out the suspects, with the daffy Bosley (Bill Murray in a casting coup) in tow. A happy, cornball popcorn flick,Charlie's Angelsis played for laughs with plenty of ribbing references to the old TV show as well as modern caper films likeMission: Impossible. McG, a music video director making his feature film debut (usually a death warrant for a movie's integrity), infuses the film with plenty ofMatrix-style combat pyrotechnics, and the result is the first successful all-American Hong Kong-style action flick. Plenty of movies boast a New Age feminism that has their stars touting their sexuality while being their own women, but unlike something as obnoxious asCoyote Ugly,Angelssucceeds with a positive spin on Girl Power for the new millennium (Diaz especially sizzles in her role of crack super agent/airhead blonde). From the send-up of the TV show's credit sequence to the outtakes over the end credits,Charlie's Angelsis a delight.--Doug Thomas