NEW CREW: Ella Balinska, Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott play the new Charlie’s Angels Jane, Sabina and Elena.

Charlie’s Angels

  • Action; Cert M, contains violence; 1hr 28mins
  • Starring: Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin and Patrick Stewart
  • Director: Elizabeth Banks

DESPITE its convoluted plot and watered-down feminism, this year’s Charlie’s Angels reboot is the franchise’s most empowering adaptation yet.

Elena (Naomi Scott – Aladdin) works for a company that has developed a new energy source that, naturally, can be also be used as a weapon.

After being backstabbed by a co-worker the machine falls into the wrong hands. It is up to Charlie’s Angels (Kristen Stewart – Twilight and Ella Balinska – A Modern Tale) to retrieve it.

Meanwhile, Patrick Stewart, who is one of a bevy of Bosleys (in this universe, there are multiple groups of Charlie’s Angels with multiple Bosleys managing them) gets mixed up in things as the audience becomes aware of a traitor in the midst.

The action sequences have a lot to be desired with editing so bad it is near impossible to follow who’s moving where and what is happening.

Though director and supporting cast member Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) tried to inject comedy into the otherwise humorless script, the laughs are few and far between due to bad comedic timing caused by terrible editing.

Though the film falls short of championing feminism, instead using self-deprecating humour to deflate anti-feminist tropes, the underlying message is subversive without ruffling chauvinistic feathers – effectively making them the brunt of the jokes.

6/10

mark.rieder@thebeacon.co.nz