Charlie's Angels (2019)


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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).

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Quick question ... what’s ‘ McG’?

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Marc Radle wrote:
Quick question ... what’s ‘ McG’?

That's the name of the Director who did the last two Charlie's Angels movies back in 2000 and 2002.

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Really? That’s his actual name?

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

Here you go, Marc


DQ,

Your link doesn't work...

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

Works for me on different computers/browsers. I checked it numerous times.

But in case for others -- it is merely a suggestion that if Marc is so curious, he Google the director named McG rather than derail the thread. (And heck, if no one else wants to discuss the actual movie I created the thread about, fine, but I'd rather be ignored than derailed in that case.) Asking a question about someone he never heard of is understandable. Debating the factual answer once given when answers can easily be found just feels like deliberate obtuseness.

As an aside, I made an error: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle came out in 2003, not '02.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

It needed a stronger marketing push. :(

Though (for obvious hetero male reasons), I do quite like the McGinty version.


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And it had Naomi Scott from Aladdin. If that doesn't get people out to the theaters, nothing will.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

David knott 242 wrote:
And it had Naomi Scott from Aladdin. If that doesn't get people out to the theaters, nothing will.

Speaking of "unenlightened" reasons, does the movie (which I have not yet seen) make use of the fact that its stars are three very beautiful women?


David knott 242 wrote:


And it had Naomi Scott from Aladdin. If that doesn't get people out to the theaters, nothing will.

Who?

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

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Lord Fyre wrote:

It needed a stronger marketing push. :(

Though (for obvious hetero male reasons), I do quite like the McGinty version.

Lol. Those costumes show up in the new movie (but sadly not actually worn by anyone.)

For obvious homo female reasons, I'm partial to the Pussycat Dolls scene from the second movie. Tried to find a Youtube clip but most of them have age restrictions on it! (I think the full version of the scene is only in the unrated version of the DVD.)

Lord Fyre wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
And it had Naomi Scott from Aladdin. If that doesn't get people out to the theaters, nothing will.
Speaking of "unenlightened" reasons, does the movie (which I have not yet seen) make use of the fact that its stars are three very beautiful women?

Dude. It's Charlie's Angels.

Banks' direction is definitely less "male gazey" as to where the camera lingers, but there's still plenty of flirtations and revealing outfits. The whole opening scene involves a seduction involving aerial ballet (not making this up).

Part of the whole MO of the Angels is they distract people by being seductive and then they go kick some ass. What's always been FUN about the franchise, whether you're watching the original tv show, the movies from 19 years ago, or this one, is that women get to be sexy and own it while also constantly making the men who objectify them look stupid (just as they do in the scene you linked and the ones I referenced). Best of all worlds!

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

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DeathQuaker wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

It needed a stronger marketing push. :(

Though (for obvious hetero male reasons), I do quite like the McGinty version.

Lol. Those costumes show up in the new movie (but sadly not actually worn by anyone.)

For obvious homo female reasons, I'm partial to the Pussycat Dolls scene from the second movie. Tried to find a Youtube clip but most of them have age restrictions on it! (I think the full version of the scene is only in the unrated version of the DVD.)

Lord Fyre wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
And it had Naomi Scott from Aladdin. If that doesn't get people out to the theaters, nothing will.
Speaking of "unenlightened" reasons, does the movie (which I have not yet seen) make use of the fact that its stars are three very beautiful women?

Dude. It's Charlie's Angels.

Banks' direction is definitely less "male gazey" as to where the camera lingers, but there's still plenty of flirtations and revealing outfits. The whole opening scene involves a seduction involving aerial ballet (not making this up).

Part of the whole MO of the Angels is they distract people by being seductive and then they go kick some ass. What's always been FUN about the franchise, whether you're watching the original tv show, the movies from 19 years ago, or this one, is that women get to be sexy and own it while also constantly making the men who objectify them look stupid (just as they do in the scene you linked and the ones I referenced). Best of all worlds!

Now I need to go see this before it leaves the theaters.


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Orville Redenbacher wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:


And it had Naomi Scott from Aladdin. If that doesn't get people out to the theaters, nothing will.
Who?

She played Jasmine in the live action Aladdin movie. Before that, the first place I saw her was playing the oldest daughter in the short lived TV series Terra Nova.

She is rather undeservedly obscure.

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DeathQuaker wrote:

Works for me on different computers/browsers. I checked it numerous times.

But in case for others -- it is merely a suggestion that if Marc is so curious, he Google the director named McG rather than derail the thread. (And heck, if no one else wants to discuss the actual movie I created the thread about, fine, but I'd rather be ignored than derailed in that case.) Asking a question about someone he never heard of is understandable. Debating the factual answer once given when answers can easily be found just feels like deliberate obtuseness.

Wow, not sure where all that came from, but it sure feels like a pretty big overreaction! I just asked a question, and then made a comment saying basically that I was surprised that was the guy’s name. I wasn’t derailing the thread or ‘Debating the factual answer’, it just struck me as an odd name, so I commented. Sorry if that bugged you.

And yes, I know how Google works, thanks. I actually Googled the guy all by myself right after I made my comment - I didn’t even need your help (and no, your link didn’t work for me either)

Maybe take a breath next time, dial back the righteous indignation, and don’t get so defensive over innocent and insignificant stuff, or call someone obtuse for no reason - just a thought.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

I'm bad at reading tone/intent on the Internet. I'll drop it if you will. Eta: in fact I'll just drop it. Misunderstanding's not worth derailing things for either.


DeathQuaker wrote:
I'm bad at reading tone/intent on the Internet.

Nearly everyone is. That's a significant part of why the 'net is the way it so often is.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

The original theme music plays when the camera sweeps over the costumes in the First Closet.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

Thanks Chris! I must have been blowing my nose or something.

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