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Film Review - Charlie's Angels
You know how you sometimes go to a movie with certain expectations and then you're completely disappointed? Well this isn't like that at all. This probably means that your expectations of my review have now been completely dashed and you're sitting there in a pool of disappointment on the internet. Well get over it!
Charlie's Angels is a film that never makes the mistake of taking itself seriously. It is a mixture of the old Charlie's Angels TV series, the movie versions of Mission: Impossible, the James Bond series, and The Matrix. What it keeps from the TV series is a light heartedness. (At least one of the Angels dreams of going to 70's style discos.) From Mission: Impossible and James Bond, Angels takes the secret agent genre, and from The Matrix really great Kung Fu scenes.
The premiss is simple, Charlie's detective agency never closed. Angels came and Angels left over the years. The current crop are diverse on the outside, but each is looking for love on the inside, unless you're a bad guy. Then they want to Kung Fu your ass into the stone age.
The agency has been contracted to do some high tech snooping. It all looks pretty, but makes no real sense, nor should it. Along the way the girls have trouble hiding their real identities from boyfriends while they beat up bad guys. All that is missing are the sounds of boards being split during the Kung Fu scenes. But the real cinematic triumph of the film is the return of T and A shots! Long has been the drought where men were told that they we're bad for having testicles. The drought is over! Everything from Drew Barrymore's cleavage to Cameron Diaz jumping out of bed in her underwear and shaking her ass to the front door to greet the UPS guy. Even Lucy Liu gets into it when she fixes a drive-thru burger joint's speaker by leaning into the shot to perfectly frame up her buns.
Crispin Glover plays a great villain. The Thin Man as is he credited is sick, twisted, and almost dances through his fights. Considering Glover's reputation, you have to wonder how much acting was really involved.
Now if you're thinking this is a "boy" film, think again. The Angels are to girls what James Bond is to boys; larger than life hetero-sexual heroes who are both a great lovers and fighters for the forces of good. And if you think this is some slack-jaw idiot film, well I'm not saying David Lean directed this, but it is very exciting and very, very funny. This is the type of bubble gum fun usually reserved for the summer. Men, women and children can have fun.
Directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol
Released in 2000
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Reviewed by Mongo