|DeathQuaker RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8|
This was a hella fun movie. I know it is not doing well at the box office and no one was wanting a new addition to this franchise that is as old as I am, more or less, but I'm a sucker for spy movies and movies with badass female leads and action laced with humor, so I went to go see it. The McG films from 2000? and 2002? (ish?) are favorite guilty pleasures of mine--campy AF but also hella fun. I'd say this movie is definitely better than the McG films in all ways save perhaps pacing; say what you will about him, but McG had a good sense of pace and rhythm of a film. But the action scenes are better (less jerky), the plot twists are fun, and there are less random references to random things that clutter up the flow (like, while I adore the film, I don't know why Full Throttle needed not one but two completely random references to Singin' In the Rain).
The new movie has some good humor beats but doesn't get as over the top silly as the earlier films, while at the same time it does not (for the most part) take itself too seriously (and it should not). It does start a bit slow, but picks up. This a good outing for Banks as a director and I hope she directs other movies, I think she could get quite good. The performances were all great, and Kristen Stewart surprise-blew me away with how good she was. Of course a key importance in Charlie's Angels is the relationship between the Angels and they did a good job here developing that.
The new movie, which like the older movies, carries on the franchise rather than reboots it, and there's some fun cameos and easter eggs in that vein. Here Townsend Agency has grown into an international organization with loads of contacts and resources, which I think was cool. The only downside by connecting it to the past is it seemed weird and incongruous as to who Patrick Stewart's character was supposed to be (I can't tell if he is supposed to be someone from the original TV show or his own character, and they did contradictory stuff as to how to establish that).
The only thing I found REALLY wrong with it is that they didn't use the theme song. Which is I believe a criminal act against fans of Charlie's Angels. The song is credited in the soundtrack, but I didn't hear it.
All this is to say is if you want to see a movie about friendship and blowing s!*~ up, and also hey look, Patrick Stewart! then go see it. Ignore its poor box office take and trailers that don't really do it justice (I just rewatched the trailer and wow, it does NOTHING to properly set up or sell the film).