Movie Review: If you can stomach the cringe, “Charlie’s Angels” entertains

The three super spies from the Townsend Agency are back, and the latest version of Charlie’s Angels will try your patience with more than it’s fair share of cheesy jokes, but will ultimately satisfy audiences with some impressively well shot action sequences.

When a source of clean and unlimited energy ends up on the black market, it’s up to this latest group of angels (Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska) to get it back before it’s weaponized. Together, they’ll take on the bad guys while traveling through different locales and discovering the strength in their friendships.

And it lays the drama on on thick.

Now, I understand the mythology of Charlie’s Angels is a little sappy, but this film takes that over the top presentation and pushes it even further with bad dialog, a hard to listen to score, and a story that really doesn’t make much sense.

But you shouldn’t get bored, and it can be fun at times.

The enjoyable Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) pulls triple duty here with writing, directing, and acting credits, while shooting some very good action sequences. The car chases and fist fights would fall nicely into place in a lot of other action films. She does reshape the universe in her own style. Most of the tradition is promptly thrown out the window. I liked some of it and dislike other parts of it. All three leads are likeable and have little difficulty hitting their marks with material that doesn’t take it self too seriously.

At the end of the day, Charlie’s Angels is a decent time at the movies. Just be prepared for a movie that is trying really to do everything.

Charlie’s Angels

GRADE: C

Rated: PG 13

Running time: 1hr 58 minutes

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