Charlie's Angels
Dir: Joseph McGinty Nichol
Star: Drew Barrymore, Lucy Lui, Cameron Diaz, Bill Murray
Cert / Year: 15 - PG13 / 2000
Format: DVD R2

Three talented girls (Diaz, Lui, Barrymore) have been recruited by a mysterious millionaire Charlie Townsend to fight crime. They liaise with Charlie via his agent Bosley (Bill Murray) who this time has the assignment for them to rescue a computer millionaire Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell) who has been kidnapped. Their suspicions lead them to suspect Roger Corwin (the every brilliant Tim Curry), but who is the lethal stranger (Crispin Glover) and who does he work for.

A mixture of sex and violence on this scale must work (you'd think so), be warned though things here are played with tongue firmly in cheek. This counts both for and against the film, as it is often not clear whether the film is trying to be a comedy or a serious action movie. What is left is a film that is somewhat schizophrenically torn between silliness and action.

The Angels themselves look great. I'm all for women using their charms to aid the mission (hell the original Angles nearly always found an excuse to model swim wear) but here it really is taken a little to far. Rarely a scene passes without an excessive amount of cleavage being displayed, great for a lads night with a beer, not so good for credible cinema.

The outstanding performance and the best thing in the film is Bill Murray he is on top comic form as Bosley, he gets all the best lines and really livens things up. Lucy Lui is good, but of all of the Angels has the least to do. Drew Barrymore looks great and balances the comedy and action the best. Meanwhile Cameron Diaz seems to think she is stuck in a Farely brothers movie (there's dumb blonde and there's this). There are many other great minor roles from the likes of Matt LeBlanc, LL Cool J and Tim Curry, and best of all John Forsythe reprising his role from the original series as the voice of Charlie.

The direction is by newcomer Joseph McGinty Nichol (known as McG, presumably it sounds more hip) who apparently would rather than do anything but be original. Yes folks we have we have wire effects, we have bullet time, but what we don't have is a reason for them. Don't get me wrong the set pieces are slickly done, however they just don't gel with the film. Whereas the bullet time effects in The Matrix were both original and part of the story here they just feel tacked on as an afterthought.

This film is fine in a mindless way, switch your brain off and you will have fun. It does however highlight the creative bankruptcy that permeates Hollywood at the moment. Like the joke in the film about TJ Hooker the Movie Charlie's Angels the movie is a pointless and far from worthwhile affair. The story is obvious and borrows heavily from Mission Impossible 2, at the end of the day though it is just an excuse to blow money on OTT effects shots. By all means grab a beer and watch it, you'll probably enjoy it, but this like so many other old TV series cash ins it will probably be remembered less then the original series, which in many ways was better. Inexplicably there are about to release a sequel.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Picture 2.35:1 Anamorphic Excellent picture
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 Spatial positioning is disapointing. To hear the bullet time effects done properly see the Matrix.
Features ´Welcome to Angel World´ featurette
´Angelic Attire´ featurette
Getting G´d Up (Director McG) featurette
´The Master and the Angels´ (Martial arts and stunts) featurette
´Wired Angels´ - Chinese Alley scene deconstruction
3 Deleted/Extended scenes with intro from McG
Destiny´s Child & Apollo 440 music videos
Audio commentary
Verdict Excellent DVD shame about the film.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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