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These are minor speed bumps along a breezy ride, though. Speaking ahead of the release Banks, 45, revealed Charles Townsend, the titular Charlie of Charlie’s Angels, has turned the Townsend Agency into heaven on earth.

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charlie's angels movie2019, PG-13, 119 min. For reference, the original show Charlie’s Angels” began airing in 1976 and followed a trio of women working at a private detective agency run by the mysterious and reclusive Charlie Townsend. Reviews at the time were mixed, and the show gained a negative reputation for banking on the sexual appeal of the female leads However, it was considered a hit in Nielsen ratings and aired for five seasons, as well as in syndication.


The film arrived on tracking with a $12M-$13M start, and really never budged, but sank. That means marketing didn’t work. I heard that a $100M global P&A was first planned on Charlie’s Angels, with the studio now reducing that overall cost greatly to around $50M and pulling back on expensive ads. Another hurdle in activating the young girl demo is that much of the pic’s cast isn’t on social media. RelishMix says that Banks is the social media star with over 6.6M followers across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with Scott counting 3.4M.

It’s also been confirmed that the Townsend Agency is now a global enterprise – with a whole network of angels across the globe who are “connected and helping each other”. According to an Instagram of some futuristic business cards posted by Scott, it has offices in Beijing, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Nairobi, and Sao Paulo. Balinska also gave a sneak peak of what is presumably operation headquarters – a modern glass skyscraper with breath-taking views (most likely the real-life Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg).

Townsend Agency exclusively staffs female intelligence officers, using society’s misperceptions about the strength, capability, and acumen of attractive women to get the upper hand. Ethnically diverse group of women courageously goes into dangerous, challenging situations and demonstrates teamwork, always having one another’s back. A male colleague works as support for the women, taking care of their personal and work needs.

Unlike the Terminator franchise, which has had many failed sequels and reboots before, Charlie’s Angels has enjoyed a relatively positive spotlight in pop culture. Even the 2000s reboot, which has not aged well, is still looked back upon with rose-tinted glasses by many.


As a director, Banks makes very safe plays (not unlike Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart,” a theoretically empowering film that’s totally risk-averse). Banks includes cheesy girl power montages, clunky emotional check-ins, and many scenes of men so horny they can’t think straight. Despite the opportunity to shake things up, this reboot will be as breezily forgotten as the early-2000s Charlie’s Angels” films.

The original version of this story misstated the roles of two characters. Ella Balinska’s Jane Kano is the humorless operative, not the MIT-trained engineer. And Naomi Scott’s Elena Houghlin is the MIT-trained engineer, not the humorless operative.

As far as the actual plot goes, the Angels have to keep the device out of the hands of some bad guys. It takes them to various exotic locales, and involves various set pieces, including a horse race in Istanbul. The details of just who wants this tool don’t actually become interesting until the very end, when Patrick Stewart, as a retired Bosley, gets involved in a fun scenery chewing turn.

Some more chemistry between the leads would have gone a long way, but aside from Stewart, no one really has the chance to shine. And in spite of the cast’s individual appeal — fans will recognize Scott from the recent Aladdin” remake — the new crew will have a tough time erasing anyone’s memory of the franchise’s previous lineups.

Rather than countless slow motion hair flips, Banks allows the women to be sexy and seductive without turning the camera into an outlet for the male gaze. Girl power is a major theme that coincides with the Townsend agency serving as a sort of international sorority focused on bringing evildoers to justice.


Banks has always been one for well-designed characters and worlds — the wardrobe, geography and production design of this film are ambitiously stylish. The angels have tons of fun with sequined party attire and monochrome bodycon fighting gear, as well as candy-coloured disguises — bowl cuts and all. We get panoramic views of Hamburg and Istanbul, touching down in London but never settling long enough for things to get stale. The conventional makeover scene is zoomed in on, walking through the accessories but avoiding the cliché montage of a transformation. Whenever you think she’s done enough, Banks comes back fighting. And then some.

That’s important too. Gone are those creepy, Playboy-Mansion-style harem dynamics. Gone is the simpering. When a lecherous security guard goes out of his way to give Naomi Scott’ s tech programmer, Elena, a handheld scan, she doesn’t giggle coyly – as many Angels past would have been obliged – but gives him exactly the tired eye-roll he deserves.

The film stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as members of an inseparable sisterhood — “lady spies” who work to wrong rights in the world and take down bad guys. What awaits in the 2019 film? Elizabeth Banks has dual roles. She directed the new “Charlie’s Angels” and also plays Bosley.

But then Drew Barrymore and McG came along with a take that knowingly winked at its own history of sexploitation while playing into a very 1990s you go girl” concept. Add a batch of charismatic movie stars and a Destiny’s Child anthem about financial independence and suddenly Charlie’s Angels” seemed fresh.

By we,” Banks means preteen and teen girls. It’s obvious from the get-go: In the title sequence, the Angels – Sabina (Kristen Stewart, in her first trip to blockbuster-landia since Snow White and the Huntsman ), Jane (newcomer Ella Balinska), and Elena ( Aladdin ‘s Naomi Scott) – are swapped for a montage of girls doing all the super-very-cool things, like skateboarding and science lab shenanigans, because, to borrow from Stewart’s opening line, Women can do anything.” Yeah, it’s borderline eye-roll inducing (and there are a few of those moments throughout), but by the end, I’d still jump into a helicopter with K-Stew and the girl gang and right into the imaginary-for-now sequel.

Happily, the third time is, overall, a real charm. Under the direction of Elizabeth Banks, who wrote the screenplay and also stars as ringleader Boz (short for “Bosley”), “Charlie’s Angels” is an old-fashioned popcorn movie overstuffed with preposterous action sequences, exotic locales and good humor.

The crime? The theft of a new energy source, an Apple-looking thing involving blockchains and blue LEDs and EMP and other such technobabble. The engineer behind it? Elena Houghlin ( Naomi Scott ), who’s afraid of her device’s possible military applications. MacGuffin, meet the Angels. Angels, get that damn light box back before it falls into the wrong hands. Charlie’s Angels stages a race against time, makes a solid case for reboots, and stands apart as an agreeable popcorn flick about Donna Summer-style bad girls pushing back in a man’s world.

Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm as the next generation of fearless Charlie’s Angels take flight. In Banks’ bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.

Bosley is now a rank in the organisation, like lieutenants,” Banks explained, as Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou are also set to play the part. Charlie’s Angels is a total blast to watch, like the breeziest film possible from the Mission: Impossible mold with a great blend of comedy and action.

Nowadays, it might be strange to imagine that Drew Barrymore was married to Tom Green, given that she continues to find work in film and television and he has largely disappeared from public life. But in the early 2000s, Barrymore and Green were a kind of celebrity power couple, and they met on the set of Charlie’s Angels.

Charlie’s Angels are trained in the art of combat—and we see plenty of that on-screen. Women and men engage in fistfights, kick one another and do whatever it takes to knock the other out. A few Angels knock men out by hitting them over the head with glass objects; the Angels also apply a chemical substance to men’s necks, causing them to fall sleep.

From a writing perspective, August and the Wibberlys have taken care to go deeper on the Angels’ lives beyond the shenanigans of their missions. Each one has a personal conflict they must reckon with: Diaz worries about her burgeoning relationship with Wilson, Barrymore worries about Theroux and her Angels moving on without her, and Liu worries about her off-again relationship with Matt LeBlanc (of course) and secrets kept from her father John Cleese (of course). In a middle section of the film, we completely abandon the momentum of the plot to zero in on each Angel’s dark night of the soul” in brief, purely character-driven vignettes. While it did noticeably slow the film down, it was nice to experience an attempt at more traditional screenwriting — especially since the sequences end with Barrymore getting a visit from Jaclyn Smith bathed in an angelic light, and effectively ramp us back up to crazytown.

Every movie has its own share of behind-the-scenes stories, but when you’re working on a blockbuster action flick, those stories tend to get proportionally bigger. In 2000, one of the biggest blockbusters around was Charlie’s Angels, a reboot of the classic 1970s television series starring Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett, and Kate Jackson. The reboot was spearheaded by Drew Barrymore, who produced and starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.

Perhaps it’s why the new Charlie’s Angels hasn’t worked as well. Remove the mindlessness, introduce an air of self-importance and strand poor Kristen Stewart (reportedly the best thing in it) alongside two young actors nobody knows, and you’re left with not very much at all.

During the credits, Brock is shown to be arrested. Elena is officially recruited as an Angel by classic Angel Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith), who has been using a voice simulator to speak as Charlie. Elena is trained by multiple instructors (Danica Patrick, Ronda Rousey, Laverne Cox) and joins other recruits (Hailee Steinfeld, Lili Reinhart, Aly Raisman, Chloe Kim) in an air jump, but Boz tells her to land the plane. Elena does so safely and rejoins Sabina and Jane.

Unless you speak fluent Spanish, it’s unlikely that you’ve seen Luis Gerardo Méndez in anything other than Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix original movie, Murder Mystery. In that humorous whodunit, Méndez played Juan Carlos Rivera, the Italian-speaking race car driver who gets roped into a mysterious murder case. It was his first role in an English-speaking movie, and prior to his part in Murder Mystery, the Mexican actor starred in indie flicks like Cantinflas and Time Share. He’s also appeared in 28 episodes of Netflix’s Club de Cuervos as Chava Iglesias. In the upcoming Charlie’s Angels, Méndez will be playing a weapons expert known as “the Saint,” a man who really doesn’t like it when you’re messing around with his explosives. Based on the trailer, it looks like the Saint will be a pretty fun character, and if the Angels reboot is successful, maybe Méndez will return for a sequel.

What allows the trio to be so good — or potentially so — is that this incarnation of Charlie’s Angels” has found the right tone. It doesn’t go for goofy farce, like the other movie series. It’s fairly light, but serious enough to keep the audience engaged in the story. Plus, it has the grounding presence of Elizabeth Banks as the Angels’ boss, Bosley.

It’s also been confirmed that the Townsend Agency is now a global enterprise – with a whole network of angels across the globe who are “connected and helping each other”. According to an Instagram of some futuristic business cards posted by Scott, it has offices in Beijing, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Nairobi, and Sao Paulo. Balinska also gave a sneak peak of what is presumably operation headquarters – a modern glass skyscraper with breath-taking views (most likely the real-life Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg).

The film is, of course, a remake of the classic 1970s programme, about a trio of beautiful private investigators working for a detective agency based in Los Angeles. Their occasionally dictatorial boss? The mysterious Charlie Townsend (John Forsythe), who is never actually seen on camera. Yet, Banks’ version of the story will have a lot more in common with the early 2000s reboot of the franchise, which famously saw Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu form the ultimate girl power trio and generally kick ass to a soundtrack by Destiny’s Child.

Does the fact that this unwanted update of the Charlie’s Angels franchise is less awful than expected make it worth seeing? In the devalued world of the current multiplex, maybe so. It’s hard not to appreciate the feminist, Time’s Up spark that director-producer-writer-actor Elizabeth Banks brings to material that has long passed its sell-by date. At its core, this millennial Charlie’s Angels is still shuffling the same spy-babes clichés that spawned a 1970s TV hit (best remembered for Farrah Fawcett’s waterfall of blond curls), a hit big-screen version in 2000 (starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu) that wore out its welcome with a lousy 2003 sequel — and a 2011 TV reboot so lame it barely lasted eight episodes.

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