Release Date: November 14th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG-13 (for action/violence, language and some suggestive material)
Runtime: 1 hr 58 min
Directed By: Elizabeth Banks
Written By: Elizabeth Banks
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, and Djimon Hounsou
Thanks to Elizabeth Banks, the angels are back! Based upon the story developed by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn, Banks has brought together three brand new angels to save the future of mankind. The plot revolves around the angels keeping an alternative energy source named Calisto, from being stolen and weaponized by bad guys.
Charlie’s Angels are part of an international spy agency that seeks out and destroys weapons of warfare and the criminals using or creating them. The first two angels are Sabian (Kristen Stewart) and Jane (Ella Balinska). They are tasked with saving the life of Elena (Naomi Scott), after she attempts to blow the whistle on a potential threat, and is targeted by an assassin. Elena is a scientist who has discovered a major problem with a new product that she has developed for the company she works for. Calisto, the energy cube, has the ability to kill anyone within its proximity if programmed in a malicious manner.
After the previous Bosley that the angels were under died, they are next placed under the direction of their new Bosley (Elizabeth Banks). Yes, this version of Charlie’s Angels has multiple Bosleys. Throughout their missions for the rest of the movie, Elena’s talents of hacking are recognized and she becomes a potential third addition to the duo.
The latest rendition of Charlie’s Angels has left me with mixed feelings. Although the latest version still has characters with good chemistry, fun action sequences, and of course, stylish costumes, the plot is lacking substance. Out of the trio, Stewart shines the most with her performance which may place her back on the map in Hollywood.
Banks has given this version of the Angels a more feminist approach, that is concerned with contemporary issues such as climate change. She also shows how easily men can be manipulated at the whims of a strong woman. Original fans of the 1970s T.V. series and the now two-decade old movie version, will likely want to pass on the remake. Even so, the younger generation may find some entertainment in watching this version. As for me, I conclude the 2019 version of Charlie’s Angels is watchable, but not memorable.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars