Calling all Angels

“Charlie’s Angels” hit theaters Nov. 15 and has people questioning if the remake was a good choice.

Nineteen years after the release of the last Charlie’s Angels movie starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu. Director Elizabeth Banks brought the tale of exciting espionage back to the big screen. This film is actually the second remake of the franchise due to the original Charlie’s Angels dating back to the 70s and early 80s.

Banks needed to present a unique take on the Angels, or the remake would be a wash in comparison to the previous two. As a fan of the previous adaptations, I was skeptical when approaching this film, but I was pleasantly surprised by its ability to set itself apart from the previous adaptations and stand on its own.

The movie introduces scientist Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott) after she created Calisto: a sustainable energy source that will transform the way people use power. Elena is aware of the device’s capacity for mass weaponization and seeks to stop the device from falling into the wrong hands. Elena’s good intentions lead to her becoming a target. She is faced with an assassin sent by those who seek to have Calisto for themselves.

Elena finds safety and the answer to her solution in the Angels: an organization of female spies dedicated to global safety. It is here that Elena meets Angels Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart) and Jane Kano (Ella Balinska). The three form a team and are accompanied by Bosley (Elizabeth Banks). The three embark on a mission to recover Calisto before it can be used as a weapon in the hands of a corrupt buyer.

While I admit the movie could be a little slow moving at points, it continues to capture the audience’s interest through fun costumes, exotic landscapes and a whole bunch of comedy.

Most importantly, the audience is able to relate to these characters throughout the film as they each experience their own personal journey while recovering Calisto and saving the day. Strong themes of sisterhood and justice will have audiences leaving theaters ready to take on the world.

I would recommend this film to fans of the previous adaptations because the film does a fantastic job of preserving old elements while integrating new plotlines and characters. Fan or not, female crime fighters showing off their physical and mental prowess in an action packed two hour installment is sure to please any action movie lovers.