In one of the biggest movie surprises in quite some time, for me anyway, this big-budget treatment of the '70s female detective show actually gets it right! Charlie's Angels is one fantastic high-speed rollercoaster of a movie. From its beginning, where it lampoons the entire idea of bringing hit television shows to the silver screen, then segues into a near perfect copy of the opening credit sequence of the original show, right through to its slam-bang ending, Charlie's Angels delivers more pure moviegoing fun than any other film this year. If you're looking for anything more than that, by all means, keep looking!
The Angels; Dylan, Natalie, and Alex, played by Drew, Cameron, and Lucy, find themselves caught in a tangled web of kidnapping, murder, and espionage. Aided by Bosley, their only link to the mysterious Charlie, they must unravel this baffling case.
Bosley, as played by Bill Murray, is one of the highlights of the movie. There is never any attempt to make the audience believe that he is anyone other than Bill Murray, which is a good thing. Bosley never really did much in the television show anyway, that I can remember. So director McG lets Murray run loose with the role, freeing him to improvise, which is what he does best, and the results are hysterical.
Another highlight is Lucy Liu. She could have carried this entire film, were it just called Charlie's Angel. Even though this movie constantly makes fun of itself, Liu's performance and screen presence added much more dimension to her character than Diaz or Barrymore could ever hope to achieve with their own. Keep your eye on Lucy Liu, because she may just be the next actress to prove that a female action star can headline a box-office hit, without the help of some macho jerk. Until now, the only actress to do this successfully on a regular basis has been Sigourney Weaver.
Lastly, the action scenes, even the ones that are ripped off wholesale from M:I-2 and The Matrix, are some of the best I've seen in a Hollywood film. Also, because we know from the first five minutes that the movie is essentially a parody, those stunts and action sequences end up working for the story even better than they did in the movies they were stolen from.
So, for a couple hours of 100% pure fun, see Charlie's Angels. Then, if you still want more, just watch it again!
Directed By: McG
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray, Tim Curry, John Forsythe
MPAA: Rated PG-13 (Violence / Language)
Running Time: 98 Min.
November 5, 2000
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