Simply A Masterpiece
Highly Overrated But Still Good
I am only giving this movie a 1 for the great cast, though I can't imagine what any of them were thinking. This movie was horrible
Dirty cop Kate Prince (Annie Ilonzeh), cat burglar Abby Sampson (Rachael Taylor), and Gloria work for the mysterious Charlie Townsend in Miami fighting crime outside the law enforcement with the help of hacker John Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez). When Gloria is killed by a car bomb, they investigate Eve French (Minka Kelly) who turns out to be Gloria's childhood friend and a car thief.Instead of concentrating on creating compelling characters, this show is more interested in a dark convoluted Miami Vice. The girls are hot but the characters lack interest. Eve is suppose to be a car thief. It's the perfect opportunity to start the show with a fun car chase. The show needs to start with her personality and her story before getting recruited by Charlie. Minka Kelly's acting is still in question. I don't recall if she even drives in the show. The girls start without any rooting interest and fail to improve. They are empty models with bravado. It's action without any fun. There is no joy here. It was canceled after four episodes with only eight overall. The franchise started as jiggle TV, transformed into irreverent action movies, and stalled into unengaging action TV.
Having watched all of the Charlie's Angels series/films I find this one to be the best of all. Certainly, like the others, there are a whole load of contrived situations. They all seem to be able to find jobs overnight in the situation targeted - just like the previous Angels. I wonder how much of all three productions used body doubles/stand-ins. I noticed that Drew Barrimore (of Charlie's Angels from 2000 and its follow up - Full Throttle 2003) was executive producer for this series. Shame that there won't be a second series. Interesting too was the choice of "Bosley" (Ramon Rodriguez) - he seems to better fit the "job" than did David Doyle (1976 series).
Yes, that is one of the basics when Reviewing for real - a TV show usually changes in between the first row of episodes.About this specific one? It isn't THAT bad! It's not good either, but it's definitely not THAT bad - unless you only watched the first/ second episode, but that would be lame wouldn't it? To have a glance and THEN come here Review about the whole show you didn't watch? The first episodes (the first two), specially the first (which was DREADFUL), were bad. The acting was so weird that I wondered what was wrong with the actors. The script was a bit flat, and the lines weren't worth TV time unless the show was a comedy about awkwardness... Yes, it was flatter than an unseasoned pancake. But then it changed. It bloomed - at least enough to be a flower anyway, not a beautiful one, but a flower nonetheless. The first two episodes got me wanting to stop watching the show, yes: BUT I didn't. Out of respect, experience about the course of TV Shows, and in order to acquire the right to come here and there reviewing and talking about the TV Show without resembling a 3 year old who didn't like the first and only bite of a new dish and throws a tantrum about that one bite. We can all do better as Reviewers.
I learned a reboot of the iconic 1970s series "Charlie's Angels" was on its way during the summer of 2011. Rumor has it, the reboot occurred, because fan/executive producer/series rights owner Drew Barrymore couldn't get a studio to take a chance on a second sequel after both the atrocious big screen film and its (slightly better) sequel underperformed at the box office.As a fan of the original series, I was willing to give it a chance. The pilot had far too much to set up and establish. All of which could have been better served in a 90 minute episode, rather than a single hour. It also lacked other things. There was nothing remotely resembling a tribute to the late Farrah Fawcett, Aaron Spelling, John Forsythe or David Doyle in the credits nor was there any retention of the Angels flip: the logo of all three women's silhouettes that would piece together while the theme music played as the show cut to commercials.The back stories behind the Townsend Agency and the Angels's pasts were changed in a bid to update the original series's formula. In a subplot device reminiscent of "The Mod Squad," all three Angels were now former criminals given a chance to make amends for their checkered pasts by working on the right side of the law as private detectives. Bosley was no longer the portly father figure and comic relief. He was now a Latin stud and tech head who often aided the Angels on their missions. There was also shades of "Alias," "La Femme Nikita" and "She Spies" peppered throughout the eight episodes that aired.Casting was a problem in and of itself. The only lead I really liked was Nicole Kidman look-a-like Rachael Taylor. Minka Kelly and Annie Illonzeh are fine actresses, but they could only do so much with the shoddy material they were given. While some complained that a black actress was headlining the show, it wasn't an issue for me. After all, it is the 21st century. In case you didn't know: Shari Belafonte nearly replaced Kate Jackson as Tiffany Welles on the original. The voice of Charlie was portrayed by Victor Garber: a last minute replacement for legendary actor Robert Wagner who, for whatever reason, backed out of the role.While it was a bit too glitzy and far-fetched that these 100 pound women could fight with Jet Li-like skill and take down body builder thugs twice their size with poorly placed roundhouse kicks, it quickly became a guilty pleasure for me. I, at least, hoped it would last long enough for the producers to call on surviving original Angels Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd (or even Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts) to make guest appearances. Now, that the show has been axed, perhaps Hollywood will wake up and realize, remakes often fail for a reason and that there are far more original ideas out there to choose from.Then again, that may just be wishful thinking.