Elizabeth Banks is back doing what she does best – making mainstream comedies that present strong female protagonists. This time, she is rebooting Charlie’s Angels, a popular series that has gone through a couple iterations since it’s original tv series in the 70s.
Not only does Banks direct, but she also stars in the film, alongside Kristen Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinksa.
In case you haven’t ever heard of Charlie’s Angels (and I don’t know who wouldn’t have), they are a group of badass women spies called the Angels who are led by a mysterious voice over the telephone – Charlie. They have all the latest tech, know all the fighting moves, and have that extra something about themselves – they are women, so men don’t realize they are in trouble until it is too late.
In this story, the girls are attempting to recover a cutting edge technology that has the potential to be weaponized. In doing so, they discover that there might be a mole in their midst, all while potentially onboarding a new kick ass gal.
One thing I really appreciate about Banks’ movies is that she’s doing mainstream comedy, which we see less and less of these days. While there is plenty of laughs to be had in theaters for sure, most of the time these are thrown into an otherwise non-comedic movie or are part of the MCU. Don’t get me wrong, I love those too, but I’m just saying that the big budget Hollywood comedy isn’t as common as it used to be. It’s nice to see.
It’s also nice to see a female director leading a cast of female leads kicking ass on screen. More of this please. Banks makes pretty funny movies that anyone can enjoy, and she passes the Bechdel test in flying colors each time.
Charlie’s Angels does have it’s flaws however. The action scenes are pretty satisfying, but they are also just a mess of too many short cuts making it hard to follow at times. This is not uncommon these days, but was a bit distracting to me at times. Also, the plot was super rote. This technology can do just about anything and feels just too fake to really put any sort of reality to the movie. But again, it was funny, so believably isn’t a requirement.
Charlie’s Angels looked fantastic on screen for blu-ray. The movie has a lot of fast action scenes in exotic locations, all looking really good on screen. I didn’t notice any artifacting or anything like that. The colors really popped on screen, and the girls wore a wide array of interesting dresses which all had unique textures that were nice to see.
The audio track is only DTS Master Audio 5.1 channel, but even without the full seven channels it makes a pretty decent use of space. There’s plenty of action and gunfights happening in this movie to drive an exciting listen.
This Blu-ray release comes in a standard blue case with Blu-ray and DVD discs, a slipcover, and HD digital copy of the film. Also included are:
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Elizabeth Banks as BOSSley
- Stronger Together: The Sisterhood of Angels
- Warriors on Set: Angels in Action
- Tailored for Danger: styling the Angels
- “Don’t Call Me Angel” Music Video with Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Ray
Our Recommendation for Charlie’s Angels:
Charlie’s Angels is a perfectly suitable comedy action film. Kristen Stewart is particularly great in this film as she plays a rather nonchalant sexy spy. The bottom line is that this is a female directed and female led kick ass funny spy movie, so I’m gonna recommend it for sure.