Charlie's Angels

The original Angels (left), Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith, are now Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska (right).

This article contains opinion.

“Charlie’s Angels” reboots have usually turned out to be problems, but the newest edition to the franchise is not as disappointing,

Released Friday, “Charlie’s Angels” follows an updated plot to the popular 1970s television series. The film was directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also stars in the film as Rebekah, one of Charlie’s Bosleys.

The 2019 film is the second “Charlie’s Angels” film reboot, the first one premiering in 2000 starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore. There was also a television reboot in 2011 that lasted eight episodes.

The Angels in this film are played by Kristen Stewart and Ella Balinska, with Naomi Scott as a new recruit and whistleblower. Stewart’s and Balinska’s characters are put in charge by Rebekah to help her.

Together, the girls are put on a mission to save a weapon before it goes into the wrong hands.

Before seeing the film, I saw that critics had mixed thoughts on the film. It currently holds a 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and some reviewers such as Now Toronto say that the movie is trying too hard in the era of the #MeToo movement.

I can see why not everyone may enjoy it, though I think it has become the norm for people to hate reboots. 

The comedy from the original series came partly from the fact that the Angels were ditzy and gorgeous women who were still kicking butt. The women in this film are smart, even being scientists. But the comedy comes from a different place with a lot of witty banter.

I personally enjoyed it, especially the energy that the film gave off. It was quick-paced and kept my attention due to the constant action on screen. The fighting was smooth and did not look overly done, especially when looking at the 2000 film first.

Compared to the first reboot, I personally think this one is better. Aside from the advancements we have made in film since 2000, I find the characters to be more likable and interesting. I’ve always enjoyed Elizabeth Banks as an actress and she does not disappoint in this film.

As with many of her roles since “Twilight,” Stewart shows that she is actually a fantastic actress and has great comedic timing. I found her to be the best of the three main characters and cannot wait to see what more is done with her in future sequels.

I recommend this movie for anyone who likes lighthearted action films. It should not be taken seriously in the same way that Marvel films are. 

I also recommend that those interested do not read the negative reviews beforehand. They try to make this film seem as bad as the remake of “Ghostbusters,” but it is nowhere near the same. It is not trying hard to be a comedy.

This version of “Charlie’s Angels” is the update that the franchise needs because it gives the characters more depth and makes them more than just pretty faces. The plot is simple, but is kept fresh with some great action and acting. 

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