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Charlie’s Angels Blu-ray Review

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“Charlie’s Angels” is back, but definitely not better than ever.

In 2019’s “Charlie’s Angels,” the story finds an engineer (Elena) looking to blow the whistle on an energy device (Calisto) that could prove deadly if misused. Eventually, she is recruited to join forces with 2 other Townsend Agency agents/Angels (Sabina and Jane) to destroy the Calisto devices, but that proves to be easier said than done as they encounter an assassin, a possible traitor, and a criminal mastermind.

Rebooting “Charlie’s Angels” with a new cast for a new generation and a new era seems like a sound idea in theory, but the final product leaves a lot to be desired. Writer/director and co-star Elizabeth Banks is clearly out of her element here as she struggles to get a handle on the tone of this project. I firmly believe a film should be judged on its own merits, but it’s hard not to see what is missing here when compared to previous incarnations. There’s simply little in the way of fun in this new take on the franchise. For all their shortcomings, the last 2 films were stylish and energetic girl power action flicks in which the cast was clearly having a blast. Good portions of this new outing are just too dark especially for young girls who are seeking cinematic female heroes. Sure, it’s better than “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” but that’s not saying much. 

The clumsy plotting and pacing is also detrimental to the film as it plays more like a series of clunky and dull action set pieces more than anything else. Not even the twists and turns along the way can salvage the boredom. 

The saving grace here is the cast. Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska (who play Elena and Jane) are both game and personable, but it’s Kristen Stewart who steals the movie. Her humor and butt kicking action scenes are far and away the highlight. If only the film had MORE of that. Other highlights here include Patrick Stewart (who is having another career renaissance at the moment) as John (no details about his character here) and Djimon Hounsou who has a brief but memorable part as Edgar. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? As with most new releases, one can expect crisp hi-def image quality.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The action and music really put the speakers to work with this winner of a 5.1 track.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* DVD copy
* A music video for the catchy Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey and Ariana Grande song “Don’t Call Me Angel.”
* Sony trailers
* 5 deleted/extended scenes
* A gag reel that has more entertainment than the movie itself.
* “Stronger Together: The Sisterhood Of Angels”- A featurette on the main cast.
* “Elizabeth Banks As Bossley”- Self-explanatory
* “Warriors On Set: Angels In Action”- A featurette on the action and stunt sequences.
* “Tailored For Danger: Styling The Angels”- A featurette on the costumes.

March 5, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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