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'Charlie’s Angels' review: Carries its agenda from the start; does not have inventive action scenes

Stewart carries the film with her witty one-liners.

ET Bureau|
Nov 18, 2019, 01.41 PM IST
2019’s 'Charlie’s Angels' feels like a generational rite of passage.
2019’s 'Charlie’s Angels' feels like a generational rite of passage.
Genre: Drama
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Cast: Kristen Stewart,Naomi Scott,Ella Balinska,Elizabeth Banks,Patrick Stewart
Nearly two decades after the first 'Charlie’s Angels' movie and nearly 40 years after the TV show — the franchise returns in a new form. 2019’s 'Charlie’s Angels' feels like a generational rite of passage.

Brock Industries computer programmer Elena (Naomi Scott) tries to warn her boss of a bug in their new project, which is supposed to revolutionise sustainable energy, that can be exploited to incapacitate, or even kill a person. But he orders her to keep quiet. When she tries to become a whistleblower, Elena finds herself being hunted by a deadly assassin. She ultimately crosses paths with two Angels: Sabina (Kristen Stewart) and Jane (Ella Balinska).

Sabina is gender fluid, which creates sexual tension with Jane, who thinks Sabina is a loose cannon. They’re both held in check by Bosley, played with just the right notes by Elizabeth Banks. In the new 'Angels' universe, Bosley is more a title than a character. There are dozens of them spread across the world, all reporting to the unseen voice on a squawk box.

Together, they try to figure out who wants Elena dead, which takes them down a rabbit hole to discover someone wants to sell Brock Industries’ new project as a weapon to assassinate people. 'Charlie’s Angels' 2019 is not a remake but a continuation of the previous two films and the original series. The film’s agenda, aimed at women empowerment, is spelt out from the start. The problem with the film is that the plot is loopy and the action scenes aren’t too inventive. The much-hyped soundtrack weighs down the screenplay in the first half.

Stewart carries the film with her witty one-liners. She has fun playing a sarcastic and carnal character, but the others get a bit lost in her shadow. Scott is endearing as the well-meaning nerd, while Balinska also holds her own.
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