Starring: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray
MANY people will remember Charlie’s Angels from the television series in the 1970s.
The new film does not claim much for itself. Nor should it. It is meant to be an escapist film filled with a few laughs and several action sequences. It achieves this very limited ambition. It is, in part, a pastiche of the television series and the action thriller genre.
When computer tycoon Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, Charlie (John Forsythe) calls into action his special agents Natalie (Cameron Diaz), Dylan (Drew Barrymore) and Alex (Lucy Liu). After several car chases, explosions and stunts on a plane and a boat the women realise things are not as they seem and that they are in danger of being killed by the baddies. I won’t give away how it finishes!
This film needs many distractions to save the audience from focusing on the banality of the script, the corny acting and the stupidity of the plot. Charlie’s Angels could even have been a better film if the writers and the producers had the courage of their convictions and had taken the parody all the way. As it is, we are left wondering if we are to take any of it seriously. I hope not.