Today we’re talking about the 2000 film Charlie’s Angels.
The story relies on the speed of changing scenes and action to distract the viewer from the absurdity. I love silly movies and I remember loving this one and thinking it was super clever. It’s not. It’s obvious and derivative with no idea how technology, romance, or combat works.
The characters are sacrificed to the alter of plot convenience and need for action. The love stories are shallow and uncompleted. Then then there’s the rampant racism (seen through black/brown face, yellow face) transphobic dialogue, and for a movie that is supposed to be about female empowerment, it doesn’t hesitate to slutshame and use it’s main characters.
This movie revels in it’s own cheese and then doubles down. It also take it to a level that makes no sense. The dialogue is terrible and only the caliber of the actors manages to make it palatable.
Visuals and Music
The action is passable and the special effects are good if convoluted. The scenery is lovely and the women have lovely if completely impractical clothing.
The music is a lot of fun, if a little heavy on the angel references.
There are some really fun action scenes, but overall the movie made me very upset. Did they really not know how a server works? The music was good.
This is a movie aimed at men, with the man’s gaze, that pretends to be about “strong women”. It is awkwardly racist, transphobic, and sexist. The action and awesome actors doesn’t make up for the lack of depth or plot.
Final Score: 1.5 stars out of 5