Films

Charlie’s Angels

Rapid though Silly

By Syeda Maham Rasheed | March 2020

One thinks of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ as a reboot of the previous Charlie’s Angels films. However, the latest film is not a reboot but rather a continuation of the previous two films ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (2000) and ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ (2003) and the original 70s TV series of the same name. The theme of the latest film gives the message that women can do anything but they are time and again demeaned by men. The film is made to look from a woman’s point of view and that the concept of feminism would have been celebrated and supported if it weren’t so terribly conceptualised.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ is about a trio of female secret agents known as the ‘Angels’ who work for the Townsend Agency that hires spies, assassins and masterminds. The agency is run by Charles Townsend who is never seen and can only be heard via an intercom. The agency has now expanded internationally and with that the need for multiple ‘Bosleys’ take place all over the globe to guide these highly trained Angels. ‘Bosley’ is the codename given to handlers all over the world who keep an eye on their squad of Angels. Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou play the multiple Bosleys but the main one is Elizabeth Banks.

Written and directed by Elizabeth Banks, the opening scene of the film shows a blond-wigged Sabina (Kristen Stewart) telling a shady businessman that women can do anything over dinner. She ends up tying the man in knots without his knowledge. The fact that men can be flexible gives these Angels an advantage over them. ‘Charlie’s Angels’ tells the story about three girls, two of whom (Sabina and Ella Balinska as Jane) are already part of the agency while the third (Naomi Scott as Elena) is a recruit. Sabina is a bad-girl New York heiress while Jane is a former MI6 agent and Elena is the young and brilliant engineer who serves as the brains of the film.

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