The best parts of the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot are the cameos, but let’s be honest, while in the beginning “Charlie’s Angels” as an episodic TV show did point out a real concern for police women, it was mostly about fashion models looking fantastic during cream puff crimes. “Charlie’s Angels” was always about looks over substance.
The original three did go on to do some good films, mostly on television. Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts crime drama ran from 1976 to 1981 with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. That’s three white women–two brunettes and a blond. Two with shampoo commercial worthy hair.
Fawcett and Jackson departed to be replaced by Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts. The Angels were replaced by “Cagney & Lacey,” where the leads (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly) were unlikely to be models. Those two detectives were based in Manhattan (fictional 14th Precinct). The Angels are based in Los Angeles.
Reboot Feature Films
“Charlie’s Angels” returned as an action comedy in 2000. Written by Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon and John August, and directed by McG, this film featured Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. The Angels save the kidnapped software genius Eric Know (Sam Rockwell) from Roger Corwin (Tim Curry), but Knox seduces one of the Angels Dylan Sanders (Drew Barrymore) in his plan to kill Charlie (the unseen John Forsythe) who he believes killed his father. One other evil master mind introduced here is Crispin Glover’s the Thin Man.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
The same threesome are recovering titanium rings for the US Department of Justice. Dylan turns out to be in a Witness Protection Program and the women have some romantic entanglements. Demi Moore appears as a former Angel and Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) appears to advise Dylan. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the site where our bad guy, Moore’s Madison is going to see the rings to the Antonioni Crime Family, the Tanaka Yakuza, and the Diablo Cartel. This outing is all about diversity.
Charlie’s Angels 2019
Written and directed by Elizabeth Banks (“Pitch Perfect 2”), this upgrades the Angels to international status. This Angels’ outing is still a comedy-action film and all of these Angels are high heeled glamour with the main threesome, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, all fashion model good-looking with easy-going diversity in mind.
The Angels are high tech private operatives with fancy cars, costumes and weaponry as well as rooms full of wigs and costumes.
Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott) is a programmer who created the Calisto Project which is going to be launched too soon with possible catastrophic results. Wild child Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart) and former MI-6 agent Jane Kano (Ella Balinska) with their “Bosley” (Bosley is an Townsend Agency rank) Rebekah as an advisor, team up with Elena to steal the Calisto prototypes. Patrick Stewart portrays John Bosley (originally played by Bill Murray) and doesn’t attempt to give us a Murray vibe. Charlie Townsend is now voiced by Robert Clotworthy (Forsythe died in 2010).
Perhaps the best parts are the still photographs of Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Ladd, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as their respective Angels at the Townsend Agency’s Los Angeles office. Cameos by songwriter Hailee Steinfeld, two-time Olympian gymnast Aly Raisman, and Olympic gold medal snowboarder Chloe Kim as new Angel recruits as well as professional wrestler Ronda Rousey and professional racing driver Danica Patrick as instructors are fun.
This version of “Charlie’s Angels” expands the reach of the agency and makes the agents glossier and more glamorous. Is that really healthy now that women have broken down barriers?
At least we have “Law & Order: SVU” to take over the “Cagney & Lacey” mantel.
The extras included support the fashion forward glamorous girl power. Don’t you wish being empowered required less running in high heels.
- Gag Reel – Check out these fun and never-seen-before bloopers saved from the cutting room floor!
- 5 Deleted Scenes
- 4 Behind-the-scenes Featurettes
- “Stronger Together: The Sisterhood of the Angels” – Watch how the Angels trio of Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska prepared and formed a genuine sisterhood on set.
- “Elizabeth Banks: As BOSSley” – We’ll take a look at why the Charlie’s Angels Director, Actress, Writer and Producer Elizabeth Banks is the perfect person to reintroduce audiences to this franchise.
- “Warriors on Set: Angels in Action” – The cast and crew take a look at some of the biggest action scenes from the film, including a peek behind-the-scenes of the stunt rehearsals with the cast.
- “Tailored for Danger: Styling the Angels” – Learn all about the glamourous costumes, hair and make-up used to create the glitzy world of Charlie’s Angels!
- “Don’t Call Me Angel” Music Video featuring Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey