Who said espionage and action are only reserved for men when there are women ready to kick ass? Once again, This year’s Charlie’s Angels showed its trademark of badassery while introducing new faces.
Charlie’s Angels can be classified as one of the action classics that you would go back to whenever you want to have a good laugh while being on a thrilling adventure. I grew up watching the “Charlie’s Angels” of Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore. Even as a child it was refreshing to see women being at the forefront of action movies in a world where Agent 007 is widely popular.
The Charlie’s Angels franchise began with the original television series in 1976 created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. The series ran from 1976 to 1981, which had a second television reboot in 2011.
Then came the film franchise. The first two film franchises starred Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore. It was later followed by the 2019 franchise which cast Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska.
I didn’t expect much of this 2019 reboot of Charlie’s Angels due to the mixed reviews I read prior to seeing it. Adding to that, the trailer didn’t look promising enough for me. Still, I gave it a shot, surely there’s something new to see in this 2019 reboot.
The film focused on the story of three women fighting their way to prevent a former agent gone rogue from weaponizing a technology, which Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott) programmed. Along the way of accomplishing their mission, a friendship was formed, which added color to the story; it’s not just a simple spy film when it shows how women help each other at great lengths.
The thing that I liked most about the film was how it presented the way women wanted to be seen in society versus society’s perception of them, especially their roles in their chosen careers. In addition, it was also empowering to see the women in the film form a close-knit relationship with each other; it gives a sense of camaraderie.
Is it a need to see this on-screen? In my honest opinion, it’s not. It is predictable while trying to showcase a representation of women.
The film wants to impose a clear picture of strong women ready to take on the world, but somehow the delivery of this message seemed forced. However, it cannot be denied that the film should be lauded for trying to send a relevant societal message in today’s political times.
Once upon a time, I dreamt of being a spy. What’s not to like about the lipstick turned laser, a compact pressed powder that could be used as a cellphone, and other accessories turned weapons — that fascinated me as a child. And I’m sure there will always be little girls who need role models or representations of women that would assure them that they can be anyone and anything they want to be.
Let’s not exaggerate things and hurriedly label it as a bad film. It’s not. It’s a mediocre reboot film, entertaining enough to see it through to the end. Maybe it’s nostalgia speaking, but it will never be as iconic as the Charlie’s Angels of my childhood.