‘Charlie’s Angels’ 2019 review: Action thriller starring Kristen Stewart delivers a positive feminist message but forgets to bring the fun


Elizabeth Banks directs this continuation of the action franchise, but dull action scenes and run-of-the-mill plot mean reboot is average at best

Wong Tsui-kai |

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After a TV series and two films, Charlie’s Angels is getting another revival. The premise is the same, based around a trio of female crime-fighters who are supported by a mysterious benefactor named Charlie.

This film casts Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the three main protagonists. In this instalment, the trio have to find and stop a dangerous technology than can kill people without a trace, while juggling a hunt for a traitor in their organisation at the same time.

The movie puts contemporary feminist ideals and girl power on the silver screen and adds a dose of glamour and humour to the mix. It’s a shame, then, that the execution is a little damp, with a fairly pointless plot and average dialogue.

The action is also nothing to cheer for – especially compared to the elaborate fight sequences of the prequels, which are by now more than 15 years old but still better than this modern reboot.

Luckily, the three leads shine, providing the aforementioned glamour and good amounts of charisma to their roles. They manage to smooth over any bumps in the script and genuinely impress during the good parts, pulling an emotional reaction from the audience.

Overall, Charlie’s Angels is good entertainment, but better watched among friends at home instead of forking out for an expensive ticket at a cinema.