Despite reading a few negative reviews online for Charlie’s Angels 2, I still got the movie ticket alongside some crunchy popcorn to watch it. Was it worth it after all?
Majority of you must have watched the prequel which was released in 2000. It starred Drew Barrymore (Dylan), Cameron Diaz (Natalie), and Lucy Liu (Alex), all three women commonly referred to as ‘Angels’. They stole our hearts with their stellar performances.
However, the sequel of the American action comedy film written and directed by Elizabeth Banks was set times ahead. The angel’s group led by John Bosley had dilated from three angels to a thriving worldwide organization.
Some things didn’t change though, like Charlie who is never seen but only heard via an intercom. Also the storyline still follows closely a notorious ‘scapegoat family’ who tries to undermine the activities of the angels for selfish reasons.
Similar to the prequel, the angels are portrayed as smart, very attractive and beautiful, which makes it easy to take down their male opponents with seductive antics that later metamorphoses into a fistfight.
Naomi Scott played the character Elena who was a skilled engineer. She developed a wireless new technology that could provide clean energy. After a trial, she finds out that her new invention can be exploited and weaponized. All attempts to bring this to the notice of her boss, Sam Clafin (Alexander Brok) fails.
To ensure Elena is quiet about it, Clafin who makes up part of the antagonist in the movie tries to assassinate her but Charlie’s Angels rescue her and try to keep her safe. The Angel’s also tried to ensure the device does not get in the wrong hands.
To cut the long story short, I will score the movie 5 out of 10. It lacked originality. Mid-way into the movie I could already predict the end. The script seemed like it was directed without proper planning.
However the lapses, I must say kudos to the actors who tried to bring their characters to life. Actors like Djimon Hounsou, Naomi Scott and Kristen Stewart, were my favourite.
In addition, I was dazzled by the effortless show of beauty and colour on the screen. Also, it registered in my consciousness that teamwork always wins. Talk of girl power and female empowerment? the action-comedy did not fall short.
If anyone is to blame for Charlie’s Angels 2 excellence drought, the writer and production team should be.