2019

Charlie’s Angel (2019)

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FILM INFO

Three girls are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere. This movie is directed by Elizabeth Banks under Sony Pictures.

CAST: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, Patrick Stewart, Chris Pang, Nat Faxon & Jonathan Tucker.

GENRE: Action

WHAT I LIKE?

The 2019 Charlie’s Angel is quite a good enough for you to be entertained. More than some good action sequences, Charlie’s Angel’s charm lies on its 3 characters – Naimo, Ella & Kristen. All of them were stunning in this film. I am really impressed especially with Ella’s performances. Kristen gave some kick on her portrayal too. Naomi was such an effective innocent-type as well. Elizabeth Banks was also a good addition to the talented cast. Generally, Charlie’s Angel is a good popcorn entertainment.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Charlie’s Angel lacks bite and punch in all action sequences. Somehow, it failed to live up to its brand of action we used to love from the previous franchises. I felt like the great choices of locations & production design was not maximized because of poor and lackluster execution of thrilling scenes and stunts that could have been way better given the present technology. I expected more teeth on action scenes. Also, the SPY-ish genre was not properly utilized because of the absence of high-technology gadgets. They could have somehow introduced classy & creative spy gadgets. Somehow, this installment is a half-baked for me.

RATINGS:

6.5/10 POPCORN

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2016

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

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Truly, one of this year’s major disappointment from an Academy-award winning director Ang Lee of Life of Pi. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a bloated drama film that lacked the very soul of what should be an inspiring and heartwarming war drama about our modern day heroes in the field. I find the movie exhausting despite great cinematography and visuals. The movie focused much on the drama aspect and counted on flashbacks to tell the story behind that it forgot to give justice to the film’s central theme. The movie could have invested on the war zone scenario and happenings to support its backbone of heroism and patriotism. What I saw was a messed up family affair and some weird post-traumatic experiences that was not thoroughly explained well and is somehow not relevant as a whole. It could have been more dramatic if the struggles of the soldiers were shown the least. It is neither compelling nor inspiring. The inclusion of Kristine Stewart and Vin Diesel did not even contributed much. What I loved about this film is the newcomer Joe Alwyn who gave a good performance. At least his charm was bearable enough for me to finish the whole movie. 2.5/5 stars.