The trailer for the Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot of Charlie’s Angels has dropped and opinions need to be formed, darlings.
First, let’s give Aaron Spelling his due. The man wasn’t known for the super-high quality of most of his productions but goddamn, did he know a good high concept when he saw one. There’s just something about the idea of three beautiful young super-spies who get to play dressup and jet all over the world while simultaneously saving it that makes it endlessly, universally appealing.
More opinions after a barrage of pinnable screencaps. Enjoy the fashion parade:
In Banks’ bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.
We were a teeny bit disappointed that Banks went with two relative unknowns for Stewart’s co-stars; especially when social media conversations had begged for everyone from Lupita to Margot Robbie to be cast. But in retrospect, that may have been the right choice. We already had the star-studded version of the franchise with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. Kristen Stewart has star power, but her charisma is more inward-focused. In other words, she’s eminently watchable because she draws you to her, but she absolutely never grabs the spotlight or overwhelms a scene. She’s not a scenery-chewer in any way, shape or form. Since the film seems to be slightly redefining the Angels concept for the next generation, that lack of competing star power in the lineup might be to the film’s benefit.
Anyway, this looks fun and the cast looks interesting, but we hope followup trailers give us a sense that this concept, eminently repeatable as it is, shows some freshening up or new ideas. The earlier films stripped the concept of its jiggly sex appeal and focused on the badassedness of the angels. Here’s hoping Banks and the new cast have found something new to say about it.
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