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Charlie's Angels (Special Edition)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2002
What can I say about Charlie's Angels? Based on a TV series so old that much of the movie going audience was born after its run ended, the movie is intentionally mindless entertainment, eye candy for the overfed and under read. Its boxoffice success indicates that it achieved its objective, yet it comes to mind that even in the mindless entertainment category, there have been movies that were a lot better. Its director, Joseph McGinty Nichol, who made his mark in music videos, insisted that his screen credit read simply 'McG'. Perhaps that's a clue to the movie's frantic but soulless feel. It's so trendy. Trendy has everything to do with fashion and nothing to do with style. By its very nature, trendy doesn't last. I suspect that in twenty years Charlie's Angels will be laughed at as a relic of what was cool and hip at the beginning of the century. There! I've said quite a bit.
Since it's all about style, the movie hasn't much of a plot. The founder of a high tech company has been kidnapped, allegedly by the boss of another high tech outfit. Natalie, Dylan and Alex, who are the angels of the title, are called in to solve the case. They work for a detective agency run by a mysterious guy named Charlie, who is never seen, not even by the three women. They report to their boss Bosley [Bill Murray], who may or may not know Charlie. There are lots of explosions, gunfights and brawls, in which the trio gets thrown around a lot. Fear not, for the greatest damage is to their makeup.
What interests me the most about the film is that so many talented actors chose to be involved. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu play the angels, and Barrymore is also one of the producers. There must have been something they saw in the project, but whatever it was was surely lost during production. It tries to be satirical, but the satire falls flat. It wants to be hip, but even the lowliest TV sitcom is more hip than this. The action is predictable. Bill Murray, always a pleasure to watch, is wasted here because his comedy requires him to play off of something, and there's nothing there for him. It often looks like he is talking to himself. Finally, the computer generated special effects are plainly obvious. In good movies that use this technology these days, it's hard to tell what's real and what isn't. Charlie's Angels really isn't much of anything at all. If we could rate movies by caloric content, then this one would come up as empty calories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2002
I was greatly dissapointed in this movie. It identifies itself early on of being a parody of sorts and the self-realization of the Charlie's Angels TV camp....but then doesnt execute it enough as other movies such as "The Brady Bunch" have done beautifully. The script is pretty bad, but does follow the same pattern of a typical Angels TV episode. There are a few chuckles, but overall the dialogue "jokes" are tired and predictable. The Cameron Soul Train scene is overated and lame. I was suprised how well Lucy Lui is in this film and it was nice seeing Crispin "George McFly" Glover. However, everytime I wanted to just turn the movie off, I couldnt frankly because of the pure eye candy sex appeal that is the only thing carrying this film. Overall, its a fun stupid watch, but there's nothing rewarding or memorable
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
In 2000, media rumblings had Charlie's Angels: the Movie set to tank like Waterworld. Reports of Bill Murray and Lucy Liu refusing to work with each other, rapidly inflating budget, and former angels declining cameos had many folks apprehensive about the film's success. But the finished product was refreshing and worth waiting for. Ironically, in persevering with the film,
the three young stars and co-producers, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Liu followed the Angels' creed of never giving up and believing in yourself.
From the familiar opening strains of the TV show's music to the end, the movie remains true to the original series, yet is modern and updated. Barry is cute, Liu is tough, and Diaz simply dazzles. Lots of humor and action make this film a must-see. There is one especially hilarious scene that makes fun of engineers. Two of the angels dress up as men, and Liu dons a black leather miniskirt to distract the men. It works very well as the engineers are all falling out of their seats and looking at her in awe as she works the "dominatrix" role.
And it is great to have John Forsythe back as the voice of Charlie. At least he was a good sport about it; a true gentleman like Charlie!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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 they enjoyed making the movie. Everyone else in the movie has this look of "what have I gotten myself into" on their faces, especially Lucy Liu and Bill Murray. Actually, Murray and Liu spend most of the movie scowling (suggesting that the rumors of bad blood between those two were true). I'm not surprised Murray does not wish to return as Bosley in the sequel.
As mentioned before, the film contains a great deal of action. Too much action to be precise. Kung Wu action sequences and bullet time work well in films like THE MATRIX where those movements are essential to the plot; CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON which is basically a mystical modern legend; and in SHREK because it's a cartoon. However, as cool as those action sequences are, they don't work in every action movie. Those sequences have been exploited and are being overused, often taking any sense of empathy away from otherwise good movies. Those Kung Wu moves were used so much in CHARLIE'S ANGELS that I started laughing every time the Angels were fighting.
I was young enough to watch the last few seasons of "Charlie's Angels" when it aired on television. Granted, the show didn't have the best writing in the world and is best known for its jiggle factor. However, the show never really was campy. CHARLIE'S ANGELS the movie is total camp, making fun of itself throughout the picture. That's so sad because the film could have been so good. Moral of the story: don't let McG direct anymore movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 4, 2002
We are all familiar with the TV series.... The movie is better than the show. It has a believable plot and all the girls seem to work well together, instead of just jiggle (Though it is here). There is a lot of action in this movie. The girls look like they had fun in this movie, especially Cameron Diaz. The Martial Arts fights are campy, but done in the Chinese tradition of high flying. If you sit down to watch the film and take it as the fun that was intended, you'll love
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2005
The set design, the girls, the fight choreography...beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Ok...the story is a a bit ropey...but hey, Cameron D dances around in her underwear...I'll say that again; Cameron D dances around in her underwear!!!...and it has Drew Beautiful Barrymore...YUM!!!

The extras on the DVD are 10/10 what all extras should aspire to.

Choreography? It laughs in the face of the matrix and shows it up for the hollow turd it is.

Just watch the movie and shut the F**K up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2002
"Charlie's Angels" is based on an old action TV show starring young women who go out on missions to save the world. This movie is a comedy (action but mostly comedy). By the way, these Angels are totally different than what you saw in the old TV show. The name "Dylan" was never mentioned in the old TV show, only in the movie. All that is Charlie's Angels in the movie is the title and the concept of three women taking orders from a billionaire to go out and save the world.
But that's not the bad part about the movie.
In my opinion, if they would have chosen other actresses to play the Angels, the movie would've been much better... and much sexier. Definately Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu are terrible choices! Drew Barrymore is OKAY but still they should've chosen different actresses like Hallie Berry or something.
And for non-comic book fans, this can be a little lesson to all. The 7-issue spanning comic book series "Danger Girl" has the same concept as Charlie's Angels: three young women (in Danger Girl, they're spies) who go out on missions for an old man unable to do the job. Although "Danger Girl" is kind of a copy of "Charlie's Angels", still, it is much better, much sexier and the girls are much younger.
Too bad the movie wasn't based on "Danger Girl".
Overall, "Charlie's Angels" is a pretty good movie besides the stupid Matrix s**t and bad special effects.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2001
Action adventure has probably never been this much fun. This comedy sendup of the 1970's TV series has a plot as flimsy as Cameron Diaz's outfits, but who cares! It gives us inane comedy interwoven with serious action, making it wonderfully mindless entertainment.
From a technical standpoint, the film is first rate. First time feature director Joseph McGinty Mitchell (McG) who has won numerous awards for music and commercial videos seems unfazed by this gargantuan project ($92 million budget). Though the film is done in a hodgepodge of styles (a hallmark of video directors), each is extremely well done, using locations, color and sets imaginatively and effectively. The pace, like McG himself, is like a frenetic roller coaster ride and the humor generally works.
Probably the most impressive elements of the film are the fighting scenes. Diaz, Barrymore and Liu all trained tirelessly on the wire to produce fabulously athletic fighting scenes that look authentic. The editing of these scenes is outstanding and when you see them, it seems that Cameron Diaz really can jump eight feet in the air, travel ten yards and kick her foe in the face three times! There is an excellent behind-the-scenes feature on the DVD that shows how this was done. This is only one of the many special features on this loaded DVD. In addition, the DTS sound on the DVD is outstanding and explosive.
The acting; well there is not a lot of serious acting going on here. It is all very tongue in cheek and all three angels handle their roles with an excellent combination of sarcastic humor and sexiness. Bill Murray is great as the twenty-first century Bosley. Kelly Lynch is also delectably evil as Vivian rendering some good fight scenes herself.
This film is a real crowd pleaser. I rated it an 8/10. It has terrific production values, great action, amusing humor and a killer cast. With all this, who needs a story?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
I love that Cameron always fights the female atagonist. I like how Drew ends up fighting with her exes. I love how the fight scenes between Cameron and Kelly & Lucy & Crispin are combined together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2001
Not much to say. In fact, that pretty much sums up the movie. It doesn't have much to say. The wire work was so obvious as to make it completely unbelievable. Unlike The Matrix, it doesn't have an unreal environment to help explain why 2 Angels can scale a fence when they barely touch it. Double entendre, ahoy, the film is composed of so many one-liners that there's not much room for story. And how about bits such as Bill Murray being locked in a cell and magically finding a ball and glove in it, as well as a stiff foam board. No explanation of where they came from. And while the TV show may have had a lot of jiggle, it never used the blatant, tasteless displays shown in this movie. Don't get me wrong; Drew's shot in the car to distract the driver had a place in the plot while Cameron Diaz's see-through backless number with no bra in a situation where she KNOWS she's going to see some action (of the violent kind) made no sense. Not a terrible movie, but not a good one either.
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