charlie's angels: full throttle
follows a formula that can't lose: start with a trio of sexy ladies who kick ass, add wall to wall action (matrix style), multiple costume changes, throw in some hot men, and make it funny. it's got something for everyone, the sort of melting pot movie that makes summertime cinema fun.
i didn't think much of the very first charlie's angels
movie, i thought it was interesting but not very memorable. going to see the sequel, i wasn't particularly thrilled. people know my dislike for lucy liu (i don't like the way she looks, did they run out of pretty asian women in hollywood?) and cameron diaz has that skinny supermodel thing going that i don't find very appealing.
the start of the movie changed all that. just like in the james bond movie where they lead off the film with a signature action sequence to capture your attention, the same thing was done for this film. as far as action sequences go, they had me from that point on, i was ready to take the charlie's angels ride for the next two hours. if you've seen the trailer or heard anything about the movie, you probably know that demi moore plays the villain in the film.
she doesn't have very many scenes, perhaps three total, but for a 40 year old woman, she still looks amazing and the film is not ashamed to show you this by having her prancing about in as little clothing as possible. this is not a bad thing, made even better by her trademark husky voice. crispin glover returns as the thin man. the premise behind his comeback is kind of suspicious and seems kind of forced, but his appearance is a welcomed sight.
unfortunately, bill murray isn't in this sequel. i heard the word on the street is that he didn't get along with lucy liu in the first film, and vowed never to work with the woman (more reason to hate her). fortunately, bernie mac as the new bosley works very well. bill murray's bosley was sort of a coward, while bernie mac's bosley is braver and gets involved in more of the action (although usually with comedic results).
i still can't help but to think the movie is sexist somehow (just take a look at that theatre display), but apparently it's following a popular trend of girls who kick ass, in the same league as buffy the vampire slayer (sarah michelle gellar), the dark angel (jessica alba), sydney bristow (of alias and jennifer garner's elecktra character), and lara croft tombraider (angelina jolie). make them sexy, which appeals to men, but make them power (smart yet deadly), which appeals to women and supposedly empowers them someone. does it? i've asked a few of my lady friends, they seem to love these movies, so apparently it does. i say let this trend continue, i'm more than happy to see girls who kick ass.
i think at the end of the summer, if i was to compile a list of the 10 best movies this season (best in terms of entertainment value), charlie's angels: full throttle would definitely be on that list. it's the kind of movie you're supposed to see during the summer, and with its surefire winning formula, it will appeal to everyone.