From the Addams Family to Scooby Doo there is a long list of TV shows that have graduated to feature film status. While not everyone attains the Golden Bat-Shark Repellent standard of Adam West it’s a shorter list that manages to see a reboot as well. Now 16 years later will Charlie’s Angels be the first to break new ground?
For those who came in late Charlie’s Angels was an American TV series that started in the late 1970s. It featured 3 women working for the Townsend Agency, a Private Detective firm for a mysterious voice in a box called Charlie through a handler named Bosley having adventures in Los Angeles.
The series ran for 5 seasons and 110 episodes before ending in 1981 before it was rebooted in 2000 for a big-screen adventure with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. The new series featured a new Bosley played by Bill Murray and the original voice from the series for Charlie. The new movie got a sequel (probably thanks to ‘The Chad’) in 2003 and that was the last we saw of the Angels.
Fast forward to 2019 and we have a new kind of Charlie’s Angels with a new trio of adventuring Women played by Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, the Live-action Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine and UK Actress Ella Balinska. The Angels are no longer a trio but closer to a private paramilitary force spanning the world complete with Bosley no longer a person but a rank, basically Charlie’s Angels has gone full meta to become a franchise.
Not completely a reboot with some easter eggs of the 2000 and 2003 film appearing but showing Bill Murray’s Bosley has now been recast as Captain Piccard/Sir Patrick Stewart himself. The biggest upgrade is that the Angels have gone from Private Investigators to “Lady Spies” who take cases. A lot of the same action is here with fight scenes and shoot outs but these new Angels are definitely a bit more lethal graduating to the MCU level of dispatching foes.
So should you go see it? As we wind down to the end of the year there is definitely a place for a few more popcorn films before we get to the end. Not quite the same as the first 2 movies it follows more in the school of 90s Pierce Bronson/Bond level of Action, Globetrotting, Gadgets and dispatching of henchmen. If you need more of that in your life then this will be for you. But is this the start of a second franchise for the Angels? Even if it is The Chad will always be great.
Charlie’s Angels is in Cinemas across Australia right now