Flashback Review: Charlie’s Angels

In the 1970’s, a television series called Charlie’s Angels aired on ABC. The Basic Premise is about three female undercover detectives/spies working for their boss Charlie (whose never seen throughout the show, similar to Ms. Bellum’s face from The Powerpuff Girls) to go on a specific mission to solve a crime. The series gained reputation for its leading ladies, especially Farrah Fawcett, sexiness, and goofiness.

Three Decades Later, after the success of the film adaptation of Mission Impossible, Sony Pictures decided to produce a film adaptation of Charlie’s Angels in an attempt to follow the critical and commercial success of Mission Impossible. This time Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, & Lucy Liu were recruited to take over as The Main Trio.

Charlie’s Angels was released in 2000. It became a box office success, and it also received mixed to  positive reviews from old school fans of the television series and critics alike. A sequel called Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, was released theee years later, unfortunately, it didn’t due well.

A reboot of the series is slated to be out in 2019 with Elizabeth Banks in the director’s chair.

This article doesn’t contain potential SPOILERS. You’re ok to read it.

Positive & Negative Aspects

Positive: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, & Lucy Liu, all did a good job on their performances as The Main Trio.

Other Cast Members including Bill Murray, Tim Curry, Crispin Glover, John Forsythe (also played Charlie in the original TV series) also did a good job on their performances.

Opening Scene is similar to Mission Impossible II. Both films were TV shows from the 70’s.

Fun Fact: Cameron Diaz went on to work with Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky and Knight And Day. Ironically both Diaz & Cruise played spies in separate films based on 70’s TV shows.

Action Sequences were stunning. I gotta love The Trio using creative combos together that resemble a beat em up video game. Slow Motion was also effectively used as the technique is based on The “Bullet Time” Sequence from The Matrix.

Before Guardians Of The Galaxy and Suicide Squad, a bunch of songs are featured in the film as an Awesome Mix. I guess James Gunn & David Ayer were inspired by the film’s use of songs in the  movie.

Two Songs called “Brandy You’re A Fine Girl,” and “Angel In The Morning,” went on to become included for Marvel films like Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Deadpool.

A Pause Worthy Moment on one of the main girls is shown wearing Spider-Man undies. Sony Pictures which distributed Charlie’s Angels, went on to distribute the Spider-Man films.

When Barrymore’s character Dylan, seeks shelter, Two Easter Eggs featuring Final Fantasy on the PS1 located at the same house from E.T. This ain’t a joke even a bowl of Reece’s Pieces included. Barrymore starred in E.T. when she was a little girl. I called this a Triple Easter Egg in one scene! Three Points for this Pro!

If you’re a guy, be prepared, the girls use their feminine charms as one of their “primary weapons.” If the 2019 reboot casts Scarlett Johansson, Emilia Clarke, & Evan Rachel Wood going in the R-rated route, I’ll suffer a gigantic heart attack like Dick Cheney.

Outtakes are shown during The End Credits. The Cast were having a good time filming.

I’ll have to give this movie an extra point for inspiring Totally Spies, one of my favorite cartoons growing up. Alex is named after Lucy Liu’s character. Clover from Totally Spies was one of my childhood crushes.

Negative: Product Placement featuring the following brands such as Sony, Coca-Cola, UPS. I will give this con a pass because I couldn’t find a lot to track down.

Male Characters constantly get distracted by The Trio. The joke get old as it keep going and going. As most males turns into Yakko & Wakko from Animaniacs, minus the over the top craziness.

Each lady’s romance with each man, made me felt distracted. Did the movie get bored all of a sudden? I’m not against love, In Casino Royale, the chemistry between James Bond & Vesper Lynd felt normal without shoving it my face because unlike most the original Bond films from 1962-2002, this felt unique for Bond to develop a romance naturally. As for Charlie’s Angels I didn’t care about the romantic scenes. Three Girls and Three Boys felt like I looking at a pinball machine.

There is some fake looking C.G.I. Come on guys and gals this was back when C.G.I. was developing like an unborn baby.

The Final Verdict: B-

I’m gonna be honest, I’ve never watched the television series, first time I heard of Charlie’s Angels, it was the film. I thought it was alright, could’ve been better without the romantic sub plots or rapid use of males smitten on the ladies. I have to admit, if it wasn’t for the movie, Totally Spies would’ve never existed in the first place. So far I have no clue who’s gonna take over each woman’s role in the upcoming reboot.

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