|Charlie's Angels (SE)/
What a poor excuse for a movie. It's more a
fashion show. The explosion of production design and costume changes are
reminiscent of window shopping on a high fashion street. The plot and
characters are lame beyond shame. Yet, the production values are very
high. Even the fight sequences are well choreographed, but, hello, it is
really necessary to foist Crispin Glover on Western civilization as a
movie villain? Even a desperately comic villain?
Charlie's Angel's, another film spawned from a
popular TV series, goes for camp in a big way. Everything is
exaggerated. Even the visual scheme is one big hyperbole. But camp
should be unintentional, arising out of the organic smell of the
raw material. Charlie's Angels smells like plastic. Plastic
comedy manufacturers from used television artifacts best left
undisturbed. Despite the multitude of ineptitude there's moderate
entertainment value from the production assault.
Angels in one of their many costumes. ©Columbia
Yes, the girls are great to look at! No
complaints, none. Cameron Diaz kicks butt with the best of the high
kickers as Natalie. Drew Barrymore's Dylan might be a tad too cute, but
she gets her gams ready for a variety of jumps with pleasing grace. Lucy
Liu is lithe and athletic as third angel Alex. Bill Murray is only a
minor annoyance as Bosley.
Charlie's Angels look as scrumptious as
its lady leads. The color is a delight on this transfer of a brightly
lit, thoroughly garish production. Lips brushed glossy red glisten
lusciously. Blacks are velvet deep with excellent detail. It's a very
sharp transfer, though there is evidence of some peak transition
edginess. Ornate patterns come to detailed life. The Dolby Digital 5:1
audio is active and engaging.
If you want to delve into the secrets of Charlie's
Angels, it's delivered here as a special edition. You can watch the
girls go through arduous training to make their costumes look great on
them when they wire work jumps and leaps. Director Joseph McGinty Nichol
and cinematographer Russell Carpenter provide enjoyable audio
commentary. There are six featurettes, a blooper reel and deleted
scenes. It's probably an excellent crash course in overripe fashion
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Ghost World may be one of the finest movies about outsider I have
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