In the latest version of Charlie’s Angels, the Angels have become an elite force of international super spies and there are now hundreds of Angels instead of just three. There’s also more than one Bosley as this movie establishes that Bosley is actually a codename that’s given to Charlie’s lieutenants. Djimon Hounsou is a Bosley and Patrick Stewart is a Bosely and Elizabeth Banks is a Bosley.
Two Angels, Sabina (Kristen Stewart) and Jane (Ella Balinska), are assigned to protect a corporate whistleblower named Elena (Naomi Scott) because Elena has discovered that Callisto, a renewable energy device, can also be used to trigger fatal seizures in selected targets. When an assassin attempts to take out Elena, he kills one of the Bosleys and Elena becomes an Angel. What I don’t get is why the assassin would try to shoot Elena in public when he could have just used the Callisto device to give her a seizure.
I wanted to like Charlie’s Angels because “Girl power!” but I got bored pretty quickly. All of the action scenes were done better in the last Mission Impossible and most of the jokes fell flat. Too much of the humor was built around someone saying something awkward and then everyone else standing around with a confused look on their face. For a movie that’s supposedly about celebrating girl power, I noticed that the Angels made a lot of stupid mistakes. It also bothered me that we were expected to laugh when an innocent security guard was killed by the Callisto but it was supposed to be a big emotional moment when one of the Bosleys died. It’s also supposed to be a big emotional moment when Jane thanks Sabina for teaching her that it’s okay to work with other people but since Jane never seemed like she had a problem working with other people, I wasn’t sure what she was talking about or why I should care.
Elena learns how to stick up for herself, Jane learns how to trust other people, and Sabina doesn’t learn anything but at least Kristen Stewart finally gets to smile. None of them can hold a candle to Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu in the first Charlie’s Angels movie, which was both fun and empowering. This new version just can’t compete.