Boy, this was a fun movie! Aside from a small lull
in the third act, "Charlie's Angels" are simply
devilishly hilarious. Don't be duped into thinking
that "Bikinis and Karate" are all they have to
I've also heard folks say, "It was stupid!" But,
me thinks, they missed the point. Of course it's
stupid! The filmmakers are having fun, poking fun,
with fun music and fun action. And the plot isn't
even half-bad (1/8 bad maybe, but 1/2 -- nahhh).
Anyway, the first half of this film rocks, glides,
boogies, in such unique style that I didn't even care
about the plot. Actually, when the film begins
tending a bit too closely to its detective story -
that's when things slow down.
But, the beauty is in the ridiculous. As Weird Al
says, "Dare to be stupid."
Opening off the clouds of the Columbia logo
through the window of a plane, Drew Barrymore,
cleverly disguised as LL Cool J, commands a powerful
action sequence that grabs you from your seat and
tosses you into a way-jamming, rip-roaring 10 minute,
opening which I feared the film could never match on
an excitement level. But I was wrong.
Tom Green's a cappella tormenting vocalization of,
"Just call me Angel of the morning" eases us back
into a gentler pace. The movie's tempo is set from
Matrix" meets Maxwell Smart or Smart Jack or
Jack Benny or Benny Hill. High-tech cool action gets
double-dipped in humor and then impacted with the
tongue tightly into the cheek.
All three angels dress in undercover kimonos as
the track rocks out "Turning Japanese ... I really
think so" or playing the tuba and accordion dressed
as Swedish barmaids. Barbie must have been
Lucy Liu massages a suspect. He sighs, "You're
very good with your hands, I could use somebody like
you on my staff." She retorts, "My hands aren't going
anywhere near your staff." You can expect more of
this risque double entendre.
Later to the tune of Heart's "Barracuda"
black-leather-clad Lucy Liu struts into a computer
corporation where everyone is dressed in white. This
wonderful contrast displays the film's bold and
ballsy breakout attitude.
Cleavage touting Drew exhales, "I love cars" as
she licks the steering wheel. It's ridiculous on
purpose! Don't take it seriously folks, you'll miss
out. Cameron Diaz talks to her current boyfriend on
the cell as she trades kicks with the enemy. The
enemy breaks her phone, an appalled Diaz cries, "Hey,
I really like that guy!"
All act well (save for the Tom Green reprise), Sam
Rockwell giving a great performance as Knox, the
computer genius. Ten story high kudos are due to
director McG for having the guts and charisma to put
together a truly invigorating mix of satire and
action. I loved it.
"Charlie's Angels" is an Indy car race that breaks
from the circle.