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      07.04.2010 18:55
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      Great movie that is fun for all

      Charlie's Angels was originally released in 2000 and for me is one of the best action movies of the last decade or so. It doesn't seem 10 years ago since this movie first made it to the big screen but it obviously is. I have watched it many times on DVD and do really enjoy it and find it highly entertaining. In my opinion, it is on a similar theme to Mission Impossible and those sorts of films.

      The story is mainly surrounding a computer company that has developed a voice recognition software that will analyse something known as a voice print. This is in many ways like you would track someone with their finger print but is more advanced and can now do so by your voice alone. Therefore it is completely unique to each person. So if you had this equipment and knew how to use it then you would be able to monitor and locate anyone who speaks. Pretty amazing really!

      Charlie's Angels are like new age enforcers and protectors of the peace and are called in on to certain missions a bit like James Bond is. Cameron Diaz, Lucy Lui and Drew Barrymore are the angels in this movie and Bill Murray is their boss. It's difficult to say which of them gives the best performance as they are pretty good in their individual roles and making it all believable by working together as a team and close unit. They are in addition, ably supported by a great cast behind them which makes the movie.

      Charlie's angels is a fast paced thrill ride that hardly stops for breath from start to finish. It's fully of action with plenty of comedy mixed in for good measure. I have to admit having watched this several times I've never got bored or disinterested with it. Overall, it's worth watching if you've never seen it as it's exciting and fun.

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      05.04.2010 16:53
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      Shamelessly and gratuitously sexist. Flashy, trashy nonsense. And don'tcha just love it to death!

      Well that was what I thought after I'd watched the re-vamped Charlie's Angels back at the Cinema some two years ago. I confess to having the 'hots' for Cameron Diaz (And what red blooded male does not?) and would not push Drew Barrymore out of bed either - so those two facts in themselves drew (no pun intended) me to this movie at first. This is, after all, meant to be entertainment. No 'sub-plot', 'hidden agenda' and certainly never was going to get into the Oscar nominations list. But it's a cracking over-the-top, all-action movie full of fast cars, boats and high kicking gorgeous girls - look no further. Charlie's Angels has all these things and more! A bit like a low brow James Bond movie (- is there such a thing as a 'HIGH BROW', James Bond film ?). Anyway, dis-engage your brain, sit back into a comfy chair, switch on, enjoy.....

      The story....oh forget the story, you came for the babes didn't you? Well Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu play the Angels with certainly the first two spending much of the film trying hard not to let their boobs pop out of their costumes! Now that's definitely a job I'd like - you know..the guy that has to tape them down to stop them just ...flopping out when they are not supposed to! And with some of the costumes you can imagine a quick turn in front of a mirror and the phrase I used in my title being uttered - and the answer is "No, most certainly not". Add into the mix that ageing, but still still capable, comedian Bill Murray. He is excellent as the hopeless, hapless 'Bosley' - Charlie's 'gopher' and the go-between who contacts the Angels for their assignments.
      The girls each have their own character - much like in the original TV Series from the 70s - with both Drew and Cameron showing their comic abilities with some one-liners. Ms Liu, I found to be slightly miscast. Sure she can kick with the best of them, but personality - she has little! Maybe as the lesser of the trio 'star-wise' she was in awe or more likely she just was not given the lines. Her on-screen boyfriend in this movie is none other than Matt le Blanc of 'Friends' and 'Lost in Space' fame. His role is a minor one though, I guess not to detract from the main cast. Now, if only they'd have upped the ante and cast Halle Berry alongside Cameron and Drew......mmmmmm, I can see the $$$$$ signs already

      OK - The story then, if I must. The Angels have to find kidnapped computer whiz Eric Knox and his marvellous piece of voice recognition software that could be very dangerous if in the wrong hands. Those 'wrong hands' belong to one of Hollywood's favourite British baddies - Tim Curry - who plays Millionaire Roger Corwin. But there are a few twists along the way. It seems that the overall target is Charlie himself - it's all a bit of a ploy to flush him out into the open. I won't reveal why, who and how - just watch the movie (If you haven't already) and enjoy the ride. Like I said, this is not a 'thinking mans film' - the sight of Ms Diaz flying through the air unleashing a karate kick, while the zip on her jumpsuit edges further down towards her navel and her boobs resolutely refuse to do the right thing and leap out into view! Ms Barrymore - once a 'Hollywood wild child', famous for 'getting them out' for David Letterman live on TV, has similar costume...'designs'. Definitely no strain on the eyes and not taxing for the brain.

      DVD STUFF
      You can see this movie on Sky TV quite regularly, but if like me, you think it's just fab, you could go the whole hog and buy the DVD. You never know, they may have some outtakes where things maybe slip out just a bit too far (I still want the job as the set guy who stands by to 'put them back in again'!). Sorry - they don't, but the extras are pretty interesting to look at - nothing groundbreaking, but if you are a fan, well worth paying a couple of £££s extra to buy the DVD rather than Video. Currently www.play.com has the DVD on offer at £9.99 inc postage and you can possibly pick up a BOGOF offer in the likes of HMV, Virgin or other offline stores which will work out around the same price. ·´Welcome to Angel World´ featurette
      ·´Angelic Attire´ - the clothes and how they were designed to stay on!
      ·´Getting G´d Up´ featurette giving you a view from the Director
      ·´The Master and the Angels´ (Martial arts and stunts) featurette
      ·´Wired Angels´ - Chinese Alley scene deconstruction
      ·3 Deleted/Extended scenes with introduction by the Director
      ·Outtakes - but no 'pop-outs'!
      ·Destiny´s Child & Apollo 440 music videos featuring songs from the movie
      ·Feature length audio commentary
      ·5 original cinematic trailers
      ·Scene selection etc

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      17.02.2010 19:49
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      Dire film

      This is a modern day film version of a 1970's TV detective drama that was very popular at the time (the TV version) and all I can assume is that it was a lot better than this dire offerring or people had lower standards in those days. This supposed action adventure was just dire and has very little substance to it at all and is a total waste of some good female acting talent.

      The Angels are three women who work for Charlie who is a reclusive millionaire who sees the need to employ these undercover detectives to do various assignments for clients who are prepared to pay money for their services but either do not want the authorities involved or are not being taken seriously.

      In the film the Angels have been hired to help locate and rescue a millionaire computer engineer who has apparently been kidnapped. The kidnappers are after software that can track people anywhere they are around the world which would be very useful for assassinating people.

      The film is certainly action packed but it is incredibly cliched and the fight scenes lack realism as to be honest most strapping males would not be able to handle that level of physical contact and these three waifs (two really as Barrymore looks a little fleshy) certainly would not, it is like the Transporter fight scnes with witty one liners thrown in and lots of spectacular stunts.

      The three angels are played by Drew Barrymore who does not look very convincing at all but at least she looks normal, Lucy Lui who goes for the dominatrix look and forgets to include any personality and Cameron Diaz looks like a crisp would be visible if she swallowed one she is so painfully thin and vacuous. Their leader is played by Bill Murray as Bosley a sort of bumbling controller who seems to drool a bit too much over the girls.

      This film is all about style over substance and as such it is an empty viewing experience and not one that I would recommend.

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        06.01.2010 18:04
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        Fab film, recommended

        Believe it or not, I had wanted to see this film since its release at the cinema, but only got round to watching it today! It is based on the 1970s TV show of the same name. My Mum picked me up a few bits in Tesco last night as I had minor surgery yesterday and am not feeling myself, one of the things she got me was this DVD. It was the bargain price of just £2. Due to the snow, my partner is home from work and when I went to put this on today he started to moan. However, he watched it from start to finish without complaining! This is a film only review.

        *Plot*
        The film focuses around 3 woman detectives. Their boss is named Charlie and they follow his every instruction despite never meeting him face to face. The girls; Natalie, Dylan and Alex are all very different but work exceptionally well as a team. The girls are asked to take on a case where a womans husband has been kidnapped, the girls are straight on it and find him quickly. However, those who kidnapped him have something of great value-voice ID software. It is the girls job to track it down and make sure it does not fall into the wrong hands where it could cause more good than harm.

        Alongside this, we get a slight glimpse into the girls private lives aswell. We see that Dylan likes to have fun and is not in a serious relationship, Alex is dating a film star and Natalie is looking for 'the one' who she hopes she has found in new boyfriend Pete. We see that the girls do not get a lot of time to spend on their private lives as their jobs really are full time. To make things worse, they cannot disclose their careers to anybody meaning therefore that they have to lie to those closest to them.

        *Opinion*
        Although I'd wanted to see this film since its release, I wasn't sure how much I'd like it. I was aware that it was an action film and I'm not a big fan of action. However, I did think it might be a bit more girly judging by the fact that the 3 lead roles are played by women. I was right and although there is a fair bit of action in the film I think this is done really well and will probably appeal to all. I usually hate action scenes but I was never bored. The action scenes in this are quick and snappy meaning they grab your attention and then move onto something else.

        I really liked the plot, it was easy to follow and not at all predictable. There was a big shock in the middle of the film which I wasn't expecting at all. The ending is kind of predictable, but there really is no other ending there could be and there were a few twists and turns retaining my attention. Even though the film is 10 years old now, I think it is still bang up to date and could easily pass as one of todays releases.

        I think the acting in this was superb. The three main characters worked well together and there was real chemistry between them. Although the girls were detectives I found I could really relate to them and loved the way that the film followed their personal lives aswell as their work lives, making them a bit more realistic and easier to understand and follow.

        The special effects in this film were very good, especially when you remember that it was made 10 years ago. There are plenty of explosions etc to keep you action fans occupied! I really liked this film, as did my partner even though he had initially whinged that it was a girls film and said he wasn't going to watch it. Therefore, I think this film will appeal to most.

        *Additional Information*
        The film was released in 2000.
        It won 12 awards.
        It is rated a PG and runs for 98 minutes.
        It stars Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray and Sam Rockwell.
        As I said, my copy came from Tesco where it cost just £2 but it is also available on Amazon for the high price of £19.99 or marketplace from £0.01.
        There was a sequel released called Charlies Angels: Full Throttle in 2003.

        *Summary*
        I loved this film and it will remain a favourite in my DVD collection. It was an easy to watch, laid back film with plenty to keep you occupied. I think it will appeal to all and would recommend it!

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        23.09.2009 11:35
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        Silly but entertaining

        Charlie's Angels is the exact sort of film that I normally despise - with a surplus or corny one-liners and a cheesy premise, but this is on the more tolerable end of things thanks to a solid cast of performers playing the Angels. Although this isn't high art (and has no pretensions to such), it's a solid adaptation of the beloved TV show and does it considerable justice.

        Natalie Cook (Cameron Diaz), Dylan Sanders (Drew Barrymore), and Alex Munday (Lucy Liu) are three skilled and fierce woman who work for the never seen Charlie (who is voiced by the TV show's Charlie, John Forsythe, in a rather nice touch), who uses an intercom system to communicate with his "Angels", who he sends on top secret missions. He also has an assistant, Bosley (Bill Murray), who helps the Angels get ready for any partiuclar mission.

        The Angels are investigating the disappearance of a hotshot programmer, Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell), when they realise that something more nefarious is behind it, involving Roger Corwin (Tim Curry) and a company called Redstar who have more dangerous intentions than they first appear to. Things are anything but what they seem, and thus the Angels will have to bounce into action and put things right.

        This is an absolutely absurd film that's got daft set pieces, but it's also got three solid performers as the leads, and numerous likeable supporting actors, best of all Curry and Murray. From a pure thrills perspective, it does deliver the goods - it's incredibly fast paced and never gets too bogged down in trite exposition or disingenous sentiment. It's like a martial arts film - it's funky, has plenty of action, and of course, three beautiful lead stars. It's a solid adaptation of the much loved TV show, and is a loving tribute to it.

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        25.08.2009 11:50
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        Pretty decent action film

        Charlie's Angels, an action/ comedy film, was released in 2000 and was based on the 70's TV show of the same name. It is rated 15 due to some moderate language, a fair amount of violence and a few sexual references and is 94 minutes long.

        Plot
        Natalie, Dylan and Alex all live quite normal lives...or so it would seem. To everyone around them, they all have normal jobs but really, they are a trio of elite private investigators who work for Charlie. The girls get their assignments from Charlie by phone but never actually see him and get a little help from Boswell, their kind of assistant/ sidekick. The trio aren't just any investigators though. They have every gadget and disguise going and are willing to go to any length to get their mission done.

        The girls are assigned to find out who kidnapped Eric Knox, a billionaire who invented voice recognition software. When they find Knox tied up behind the scenes at a party, they realise all is not what it seems and their boss is actually the one in danger.

        Cast
        Cameron Diaz as Natalie Cook
        Drew Barrymore as Dylan Sanders
        Lucy Liu as Alex Munday
        Bill Murray as Bosley
        Sam Rockwell as Eric Knox
        Tim Curry as Roger Corwin
        Kelly Lynch as Vivian Wood
        Crispin Glover as Thin Man
        Matt LeBlanc as Jason Gibbons
        LL Cool J as Mr. Jones
        Tom Green as Chad
        Luke Wilson as Pete Komisky
        John Forsythe as Charlie [Voice]
        Mike Smith as Knox Thug
        Sean Whalen as Pasqual

        Special Features
        - Welcome to Angel world
        - 3 deleted/ extended scenes
        - Outtakes
        - Animated Menus
        - 5 trailers
        - Music videos
        - Filmographies
        - 5 other featurettes

        My Opinion
        Apart from Kill Bill, most of my action films all have male leads and it was great to see the girls come up strong in this one.

        Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu were the ultimate team for me and I liked each of them. Their characters all have different personalities and special abilities and that's what makes them so good. The funny script and well choreographed fight scenes really make these three stand out.

        Many have given Liu bad reviews for her performance as Alex because she was quite hard faced and cold at times but that was what I liked most about her. Her lies to boyfriend Jason (Matt LeBlanc) are so transparent but he's dumb enough to believe anything she says, just like his character in Friends.

        Diaz plays the ditzy blonde that she normally does but gives a great performance and has a great sub story of her own. I loved the dance scene with her and Luke Wilson and it was good to see Diaz mix goofy with serious.

        Drew Barrymore is always hit and miss for me but I loved her in this film. Yes, she shows a fair bit of cleavage (but then she's the only one who has something to show) but I really liked the fact that her character was a bit of a rock chick and a bit crazy at times.

        Add in Bill Murray, Tom Green and Tim Curry and you have a fantastic cast for an amazing film.

        The story was a little bit predictable and clichéd at times but that didn't stop it from being exciting. The special effects are overdone but that's the way it is supposed to be. The Angels have every gadget and escape plan you can think of so it is only natural that the special effects are huge and impressive.

        My only real problem with this film, and it is more one to do with casting, is that there is a lot more eye candy for the guys than there is for the girls. Luke Wilson and Matt LeBlanc aren't nearly hunky enough for me and it would have been nice to have a bit more muscle to look at.

        Other than that, this is a great film that appeals mainly to the men but I really liked it. You can get it for about £3 on Amazon now but the box set with both films is still around for a good price.

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        16.08.2009 18:58
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        Charlie get's to show a new generation of Angels for the big screen

        So Charlie's Angels gets a revamp for a brand new generation, complete with new cast and a re-usable plot. Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore take the leads of the Angels with the role of Bosley filled by Bill Murray. This films definitely feels like the Director McG was trying to dumb the movie down to the most basic parts to gain exposure the widest audience, but in doing so, feels like it's patronising the paying public.

        Good parts:

        Ok much as I mocked the simple plot, it does make for good entertainment. The dialogue is snappy and the chemistry between the main ladies shows on screen. The fight sequences are a little staged but it adds to the escapism of the movie.

        There are explosions aplenty, locations are glamorous and the comedy scenes are actually quite funny.

        Bad parts:

        Ok so some of the dialogue is a little TOO cheesy. Some of the plot twists could have also been covered up a little better, but I don't think this is the type of film for dark plot points and dramatic silences. The length of the movie is way too short to get any proper payback from investing your time and effort into it.

        Overall, the movie seems to pan out ok enough. It is not one for thinking over but does the job of entertaining and distracting you. If the writing was a little more complicated then the movie could be longer and therefore feel better about watching it.

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        31.07.2009 09:59
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        A must-see

        Alex (Lucy Liu), Natalie (Cameron Diaz) and Dylan (Drew Barrymore) have all come from very different backgrounds to end up working for Charlie. Charlie is someone who likes to keep his identity secret therefore giving away nothing for enemies to possibly use against him. Charlie communicates with the girls who he refers to as his Angels through a speaker box controlled by Bosley (Bill Murray).

        When the Angels hear of a kidnapping they are immediately put on the case by Charlie, Eric Knox head of a company of voice recognition software has been kidnapped supposedly for his software. His colleague Vivian is worried and goes to the Angels for help however when Knox is found safe and well it seems like there may have been a double cross somewhere along the line and it's up to the Angels to solve it.

        So years after the famous TV series aired and ended in the 70's, a film version of the iconic TV series that made the late Farrah Fawcett a star was finally released in 2000 with three superstar actresses, a great soundtrack and a funny script coupled with a sturdy storyline. This was a sure-fire hit and although it may not be everyone's cup of tea it was indeed a massive hit upon it's release and it only helped to excel the three leads careers even more.

        After recently watching Charlie's Angels on Channel 5 for the first time in a while it reminded me of why I had fallen it love with it when I first saw it. There's something for everyone in this film; a gorgeous cast, gun wielding action sequences, martial arts combat fighting, and lots and lots of laughs.

        I never watched the Charlie's Angels TV show because I'm way too young therefore I don't know what the tone of the series was, I can only imagine that it was as cheesy and bordering on tacky as the film is however I think it works well like it is. I don't think this film would have been half as enjoyable if it was a serious film because it would have just come off as a joke. This film isn't afraid to poke fun of itself and achieves a very commendable effort for being an extremely extroverted, tongue-in-cheek and camp film whilst not becoming overly tacky and stupid to the point where it's unbearable. This film knows exactly where to draw the line where so many other films these days don't.

        The acting was brilliant and another big achievement for a film of this tone, Cameron Diaz being arguably the biggest star in the cast, it's rumoured that she receives around $20,000,000 per film these days and with her performance in this it's not only easy to see why but it'd be crazy if they weren't paying her a lot because she's a fantastic comedy actress who can also make the change to being a serious actress like the flick of a light bulb. Her most recent performance in My Sister's Keeper showcases this brilliantly. Cameron Diaz always throws herself into every role and I don't think I've seen a film with her that I didn't like completely, you always know that they'll be something redeemable with a Cameron Diaz film. She really gets her teeth into her role as the ditsy Natalie and portrays her brilliantly, she manages to be sexy and devilish whilst remaining endearing throughout, she was my favourite of the Angels.

        Prior to seeing this I thought that Drew Barrymore could have been a little miscast in a film of this genre, she's not exactly known for her sex appeal like Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu is however the former child star does an excellent job and is a lot more charismatic than Lucy Liu. Drew Barrymore really plays to her strengths in this film, she obviously knows that there's enough sex appeal in the film with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, two people who she is unable to contend with on those levels so she plays her character a different way to the other two, she pulls off the tomboy act really well and I can't fault her performance at all. Lucy Liu was probably the weakest of the three however that is by no means an insult, I thought that all three girls on a whole did a fantastic job and it simply wouldn't have been the same without the talents of Lucy Liu, apparently Victoria Beckham was considered for the role of Alex before it went to Lucy Liu, can you even imagine what a disaster this film would have been is Mrs Beckham had won the role. No matter how much I love her, acting isn't her strong point (neither is singing) and after her performance in Spice World The Movie it's impossible to see why she was even considered for the role!

        This film really does have an A-List cast and it's not just the girls that make up the top cast, Matt Le Blanc stars as Lucy Liu's boyfriend, Tim Curry and Sam Rockwell play bad guys, Luke Wilson adorably plays Cameron Diaz's love interest and Ll Cool J has a cameo at the beginning. For me though the best member of the supporting cast is Crispin Glover, named Creepy Thin Man by the Angels. He doesn't say a word for the entire length of the film however manages to come across as sinister and menacing but in a very cheesy and over exaggerated way, I thought his character was fantastic, a great baddie and good to see him back in the sequel.

        This film is sheer entertainment, love it or hate it you've probably seen it or wanted to see it at some point in your life and you should. It's a fantastic film, it exceeded all my expectations when I saw it. I simply can't fault it, infact the only thing that really bugged me concerning Charlie's Angels was the Tom Green cameo as 'The Chad' who was only cast in the film because he was engaged to Drew Barrymore at the time.

        The story was brilliant and completely fitted the tone of the movie, I can't fault the storyline. Some could say it's overly tacky but I think it was perfect for the movie. I do prefer the sequel in a way though. There's a couple of good twists which you may or may not see coming, a brilliant ending which I was worried they wouldn't be able to pull off. All the stunts are great, they simply add to the humour and are extremely outlandish, at one point Cameron Diaz runs in the air for about three seconds before kicking Creepy Thin Man. You could criticise Charlie's Angels for stealing The Matrix's idea however I think the film pays homage to The Matrix and doesn't try to imitate it at all, the two films are in completely different genres.

        The humour is thick and fast and although a couple of jokes fall flat the majority of it is very funny, down to the most simple things. Overall this entire film is veering on faultless, there are no major flaws in it, it's very funny, entertaining and the action is fantastic. This is girl power at it's best and I'd recommend it to anyone.

        The DVD is currently available from play.com for £3.99.

        The special features include:
        "Welcome to Angel World" Featurette
        "Angelic Attire" Featurette
        "Getting G'd Up" (Director McG) Featurette
        "The Master and the Angels" (martial arts/stunts) Featurette
        "Angelic Effects" (Special FX) Featurette
        "Wired Angels" - Chinese Alley Scene Deconstruction
        3 Deleted/Extended Scenes with intro from McG outtakes
        Destiny's Child/Apollo 440 Music Videos
        Feature Length Commentary
        5 Trailers
        Weblink
        Filmographies

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          03.06.2009 12:57

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          An excellent film that is great fun to watch, highly recommended!

          Charlie's Angels really is a great film that I though rally enjoyed watching and would really recommend. The film is an action and adventure movie that really is packed full of some great scenes. I found the movie to be really exciting to watch throughout and the scenes were really engaging. The film stars Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore amongst some other very good actors in this film who really are just exceptional and they make the film a real pleasure to watch. I really would recommend this film to get because I think it would provide some excellent home entertainment.

          The film is about three beautiful women who are veyr much Bond girl's in style and in looks. In this action and adventure film they find themselves fighting, blowing things up and driving fast cars etc. There main aim is to get the computer software which must be found. They find themselves as being the targets for an assisination at one point and so must be careful. I thought the story line was really good and it many parts it is very comic.

          Overall I found the quality of production to be veyr good and I generall thought it was a high quality movie. I really did love the stunts and effect that they used throughout the film which really did make it seem realistic. The film was originally released in 2000 and can be bought for only a £1 on Amazon which is a rela bargain. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for readint this.

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          Charlies Angels Kick Butt

          I absolutely loved this movie! I love any movie where girls are the action heroes kicking bad guys butt! and that is just what this movie is all about, strong, independent women who don't need a man to take care of them because they can kick butt all on their own.

          This movie is based off of the original TV series "Charlies Angels". It is about a group of 3 girls who are all from different walks of life who have been brought together by a man name Charlie, a very rich man who finances their operation of kicking bad guys butts.

          The women who play the 3 beautiful characters in this film are Cameron Diaz as Natalie who is the extremely bright, yet extremely niave and sweet one, Drew Barrymore as Dylan, who plays the tough and wild angel, and Lucy Liu who plays the high class spit fire angel. All of the girls are completely different, but are like sisters to each other and they work wonderfully together. Along with their helper Bosley, played by Bill Murray, these 3 gorgeous girls are hired by Eric Knox's partner when Knox is kidnapped. Eric Knox happens to be developing some software that if acquired by the wrong people could cause a lot of detestation to the world. The angels use their looks, brains, and brawn to track down knox and capture the culprit behind the kidnapping.

          This movie has all kinds of great scenes. I love movies where the characters go undercover as all kinds of different aliases as the girls do in this movie. If you like action, adventure, suspense, entertainment, and to see girls kick some bad behind, this is a movie you should not miss!

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          Charlie's Angels (2000) - decent transition to the big screen

          Originally a TV series from the 1970s, the 2000 film Charlie's Angels was successful in bringing the characters to the big screen. A long awaited feature film of a popular TV series is always an interesting transition, and this is no exception.

          The Plot

          Charlie is a private investigator. No one knows who he is, or what he looks like, and he communicates through radio and phone only. He employs three gorgeous but deadly ladies to do his investigative work for him: Natalie, Dylan and Alex, and they are aided by Bosley, who acts as a guide for the Angels.

          Their mission is to find a kidnapped soon to be billionaire, inventor of voice-recognition software beyond all current methods. They must foil a revenge murder and have little to go on. The only way they can solve the mystery and prevent worldwide disaster is by using their high-tech skills, martial arts, and sex appeal!

          The Cast and Performance

          While many will make comparisons to the original girls in the TV series, I feel it important to avoid this to a certain extent. The feel of the TV series is an important aspect, not necessarily the charcteristics of the Angels themselves. To this extent, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu are very good in the title roles. They combine the skills of the Angels very well, and their sex appeal means that the film will attract a wider audience than it would have done otherwise!!

          Bill Murray is his usual comedic self as Bosley, and does quite well, although I am not convinced he was the best choice for the role as I didn't feel the character flowed with the rest of the cast. Sam Rockwell is near-billionaire Eric Knox, and their is a solid performance from thew supporting cast of Kelly Lynch, T8im Curry and Crispin Glover. Cameos from Luke Wilson and Matt LeBlanc as two of the unsuspecting boyfriends of the Angels are brilliantly innocent.

          My Opinion

          There is nothing wrong with the film as far as TV adaptations go. There is already a starting block with the history of Charlie's Angels to work on, and director McG captures the glamorous world of the Angels in good action style. There are moments of brilliant fight choreography, but marred slightly by some excessive martial arts skills. Flying through the air for 10 feet or so from a standing jump is unlikely, as are a good portion of the stunts.

          However, that aside, this a highly entertaining action romp, with a decent plot, a good twist in the tale, and a solid performance from the cast. Special effects are handled well, and the overall feel is a good one when the film ends. I was happy to have watched it, and indeed have watched it again since.

          Conclusion

          A good adaptation of the TV series. Unbelieveable at times, bot this does not spoil the overall production.

          I rate this film at 4 stars out of 5.

          The DVD is available from amzon.co.uk for £4.97.

          This review may be posted on ciao.co.uk

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            Good plain fun where some beautiful women kick a**!

            First of all, yes, I must admit, I went to see this film! But to tell you the truth, I wasn't in the least bit disappointed. Nope. Not even a little bit. Why? Simple. If they had tried to take themselves seriously, this film would have fallen on its face. As it was, from the first moments in the opening scene, I knew that the whole film was going to be high action and tongue-in-cheek. Why else would they have shown the in-flight movie as being "T. J. Hooker: The Movie" and then have a character sigh and say "Another movie from an old TV show."? With that clearly in place, I knew I was in for pure, unadulterated fun. And that's exactly what I came away with.

            The Plot:
            So, what is this movie about? Simply stated, a trio of beautiful women are called upon to keep voice recognition software out of the hands of the wrong people. They are aided by a very mysterious boss - who is never seen but only heard - and his less mysterious assistant. Of course, these ladies are the ones that ultimately have to figure out how to find the culprits, and how to defeat them, as well as save the life of their unseen boss. Along the way they get into some interesting, sexy and even hair-raising scrapes, while enlisting some pretty fantastic sleuthing and fighting abilities.

            The Actors and the Acting:
            One of the things that makes one feel that this movie is a stretch of the imagination is the use of female actresses who either don’t seem tough enough or smart enough to pull this off. Drew Barrymore (in the part of Dylan Sanders) knows how to play the “smarter than she looks” girl, but just doesn’t seem like she could kick *ss anywhere besides between the sheets. And while Cameron Diaz (Natalie Cook) does look like she could be pressed to cause someone bodily injury, she acts like she doesn’t have enough brains to think her way out of a paper bag. Only Lucy Liu (Alex Munday) seems to have both the toughs and the smarts to carry off the whole job. Ah, but together they do seem to have enough of it all to pull it off.

            Bill Murry plays their boss’ messenger boy, John Bosley, and while he is his usual funny self, I found him underused in this film. I was glad that we could hear the familiar and smooth voice of John Foresythe playing the faceless boss, Charles Townsend (a.k.a.: Charlie), which he portrayed in the original series.

            The Script:
            As I mentioned in the opening of this op, we are clearly set up at the outset of this film for this to be a purely fun adventure. Many nods to the original TV series appear throughout this film, which those who remember it will undoubtedly smile at. Also, having a character called “The Thin Man” brings us even further into the past - back as far as the 30s and the Dashiel Hammett stories and movies. Unfortunately, aside from this name, I saw no other similarities, unless the fact that they’re both crime comedies counts. Hold up… if I recall correctly, those old Thin Man movies had quite a few double entendres worked into the script. This film also relies heavily on that type of quip. For instance:

            “Roger Corwin: You have great hands. I could use someone like you on my staff.
            “Alex: My hands aren't going anywhere near your staff.”

            So you can see, the writers seemed to use as many sex and action clichés as possible to further the idea that this film is nothing but a titillating, romping and laughing matter. Purists, however, may find the plot holes too wide and gaping, and some of the banter mundane or stupid. That they might have been better off putting this back in the 70s instead of updating it to the year 2000 could be a valid flaw, but I think it’s a debatable issue.

            The Special Effects, Cinematography, Direction, Sets & Scenery:
            I’m no expert in this field, but it did seem to me that a good deal of attention was paid to this side of the film. There are scenes where one of the girls is fighting and there’s no way that they didn’t enhance the action with some special effect. And yet, except for the fact that one knows that this couldn’t have happened in real life, these appeared quite seamless on the screen. Some of this can be attributed to some excellent choreography in the fight scenes, but some must have been done in combinations with computers. That one can hardly tell which is which would be a true plus for this film.

            Moreover, I found that the fairly unknown director, known as “McG” (a.k.a. Joseph McGinty Nichol), has employed some pretty fancy camera work here. One scene in particular had me totally on the edge of my seat. Its a drag-race-gone-wild scene where the film editing was purely spectacular. The flashing between the two cars and feeling of speed was truly a stroke of genius. I haven't seen anything quite as impressive since the opening dance scene in the movie "All That Jazz" (if you haven't seen that film, you're missing something just for that opening, believe me). And as for the rest of the action and fight scenes, I’ve noticed reviews where this was favourably compared to the Die Hard and Matrix films. That’s pretty high praise for an action comedy, and I tend to agree. I also happen to like the stronger emphasis on martial arts verses bang-bang shoot-em-up, guns blazing scenes, which apparently was at the request of Ms. Barrymore.

            Again, some people would have preferred that the Angels do their bouncing to the background of the 70s. I’m thinking that McG wouldn’t have been able to achieve as believable a combination here if he was hindered by having to check his historical accuracy. What he did achieve was the feeling that these three girls were a real team. What’s more, the feeling throughout the film that the whole cast was having one hell of a good time was very evident. The art of a good director is turning a bunch of individuals into a team, and this was certainly achieved here.

            Finally, there’s some beautiful eye-candy in this movie, and I’m not talking about the bodies or faces of those three Angels. Filmed on location in Southern California, there’s a castle like complex there that a large bit of the action takes place in which I’d love to visit. There is also a flat that has interiors which are something beyond belief and also has one amazing view overlooking what is probably Los Angeles. Plus, I understand that one of the homes used in this film is the same one that was used in Barrymore’s film debut - E.T. Well, her being one of the producers would account for that touch of nostalgia, wouldn’t it?

            The Soundtrack:
            The title track was recorded by Destiny’s Child, and its heavier than pop but not quite metal rock sound was very complementary to this movie. I’ve read quite a few reviews of this song in particular which haven’t been totally flattering, however, especially since it seemed at the time that the group only recorded songs where they could plug their own names into the lyrics. If you ask me, who cares? And that the rest of the original music is much in the same vein is no problem.

            What was most fun, however, were all of the older, non-original songs included in this film. With old songs by Heart, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, George Michael and Marvin Gaye, among others, how can you go wrong? This is a film that I think I’d like to own the soundtrack for, even if I never decide to buy the DVD.

            Bottom Line:
            OK. So the plot was a bit thin. OK. So the acting wasn't Oscar material. OK. So the comedy was a tad lame at times. But the action was well done, the special effects were on a high level, the choreography of the fight scenes was spectacular and most importantly, the good guys (or should I say, gals) won in the end over the bad guys and with lots of flash and flare in the process. Isn’t that you go to see an action film for? Well, that and the tight costumes on the sexy women, I suppose.

            All in all, this movie was just plain fun. Why not just take an evening off and forget the world's troubles and just let your self enjoy for a change. If you want to do that, this is the movie to see! And I, for one, am very much looking forward to the sequel - which I hear is promised to have even more “grrr” than the first one.

            Thanks for reading.

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            Technical Stuff:
            This is a review of the film only, as per the criteria below.

            I was unable to find the official web page for this, but you can get most of your information about this film from the Internet Movie Data Base web page where this film can be found at http://us.imdb.com/Title?0160127

            Charlie's Angels: The Movie (1999). Rated PG-13 for action violence, innuendo and some sensuality/nudity. UK Rating 15. Runtime: 98 min. in the UK this is available on DVD (via Amazon.co.uk for only £7.99), but the video and soundtrack are only available in the US.
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              I've been glancing through the opinions on this film and it seems that the reaction is quite mixed, some love it, other's hate it with a vengeance. There are films that are for the arty types that look for the meaning and style. For the casual viewer there are films like this. Charlies Angels in concept is something that doesn't require brains, the movie version requires no thought of any kind. It's very silly, very over the top and probably has one of the most stupid plots in recent years. That doesn't matter because the film is just a lot of fun. The angels are played by Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, they fight crime while looking sexy and they work for one man, that man is charlie and they've never seen him. His orders are given by his right hand man Bosley whose played by Bill Murray. This caper has some guff about voice recognition software being stolen and bringing an end to privacy. Yes it's all very silly so far. The cast in the film just seem to be having a great deal of fun throughout. There's a lot of goofy stuff going on and the real highlight is seeing Diaz give a big grin as she takes the stage and dances the night away on a TV show. Barrymore also gets involved in some wire fu fighting that wouldn't happen in the real world while Lui has some amusing moments with a scene stealing Matt Le Blanc in an extended cameo as her actor boyfriend. Murray is alway funny meanwhile the villains are pure comic book with Tim Curry getting a few laughs and there's a character called Creepy Thing Guy who is just that and has a hair fetish. The film is a celebration of music and colour with a lot of action, it's not shakespeare. It's time for the girls to get in on the action and kick some ass. I think that's why the film was a success purely because it gave the female audience a chance to see women on top kicking the guys asses in style. The movie has a lot of laughs and you
              9;re sure to have a good time. I'm sure the guys weren't complaining about the eye candy either :)

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                Sometimes you see a movie released and form a negative impression of it based upon the performance of its peers rather than upon any real evidence about the movie itself to support you distrust. Despite getting some rather decent reviews at the time, Charlie's Angels was a movie I personally had vowed to avoid as being just another lame Hollywood attempt to cash in on the successes of retro TV shows. Having already suffered the atrocious mess they made of The Avengers that year as well as having sat through the likes of The Partridge Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, Mission Impossible, Wild, Wild West(yes, that was based on a 60s TV show no one remembers) and countless other dire pieces of TV tie-in tripe I wasn't about to even consider shelling out for more of the same! I'm pleased to say I was wrong though because this is one of the exceptions which prove that, handled well, TV tie-is can be enormous fun and guarantee top entertainment! The Fugitive is the only other real success which springs to mind, although I did enjoy Maverick and a couple of the others were relatively entertaining. What makes this fun is a combination of factors, but not least, it has absolutely no qualms at poking fun at itself, has a fantastic cast who throw themselves into their roles with enormous quirky enthusiasm, is packed with action and has a relentlessly upbeat urge to thrill and entertain. It also has the best collection of tracks on the soundtrack that I've heard for a long time... Charlie's Angels is, as I hinted at and I'm sure you already know anyway, based upon the popular 70s TV show of the same name which was arguably the very first example of mainstream girl power to assault the public eye. Hitting the screens in 1976(although it was during the 80's that I saw it), it ran for 5 seasons, changing cast several times but most well remembered for its original three angels of Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson who were a
                crime fighting team sent on missions by the disembodied voice of 'Charlie' who we never ever got to actually see, but who was the girls' mentor and boss. Apparently, there were to be cameos from these three in the movie but Fawcett demanded a larger role than the other two(ahhh sweet vanity...) and the whole thing fell through. Instead, we have three new angels played by Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore...which plays nicely upon the eye candy appeal of the original anyway for us guys... ;o) Returning from the original show however is John Forsythe who reprises the vocal role of the elusive Charlie so there's at least one cameo appearance for the fans. Also along for the ride comes the superb Bill Murray and bad guys Tim Curry and his surprisingly sinister henchman Crispin Glover...I said it had a great cast! Anyhoo, the storyline follows the same format as one of the shows, blasting straight into the action and having Charlie introduce his sassy, butt-kicking angels in supremely camp 70s style as they pull off a ludicrous stunt with winning smiles and jiggly cleavage. The tone of the movie is set immediately, tongue-in-cheek, camp and rampantly unashamed of it! And impossible not to be carried along with the fun... We are soon introduced to Bosley(Bill Murray), the owner of the detective agency through which Charlie speaks to his girls. They have a case, the owner of some kind of techie company has been kidnapped by his rival Roger Corwin(played by Tim Curry) and the girls must step in to save him, battling against all kinds of twists and baddies including the brilliant Crispin Glover as the silent but deadly 'Thin Man', probably the best on-screen villain I've seen this year! Umm, in all reality the plot is rather inconsequential and possible even a little over-egged because no one is going to be interested in the kinds of twists it does offer, but it does serve as an excellent framework for a surprisingly ent
                ertaining movie. The buzz word here is fun - highly charged, kinetic fun. Charlie's Angels literally explodes onto your screen in top gear and never once even looks at though it might feel like changing down. It is a cacophony of Matrix style fight sequences, plunging necklines and music video stylistics and you can't help but be swept along with the flow. The movie is as keen to poke fun at its source material as it is to pay homage to it and this tongue-in-cheek irreverence doesn't outstay its welcome as it usually tends to elsewhere...probably because there isn't much time to draw breath and dwell on anything! Diaz throws herself into the role of ditzy blonde with enormous enthusiasm and is simply radiant throughout, Drew Barrymore too is equally superb and both are perfect for their respective roles. Lucy Liu is an actress who I don't think has really proven herself on the big screen yet although this is undoubtedly her best performance...but she lacks much of the charisma needed to pull it off and really suffers in the shade of two of Hollywood's most charismatic. Having Charlie voiced by the original actor is a nice touch and Bill Murray is easily one of the most dependable comedy actors around and although in a small supporting role, is as excellent as ever. Perhaps the only real weak link are the bad guys in the movie because Tim Curry is a little on the lame side as a baddie to be honest. I like Curry, but somehow he doesn't seem to offer anything convincing for this role. On the other hand, Crispin Glover, makes up for this all by himself without uttering a single word throughout. Oh yeah and Tom Green has possibly the most annoying cameo role ever as boat owner Chad...or "the Chad" as he keeps calling himself...umm, yeah, less said the better! I'd usually tell you a movie like this is good, clean, dumbassed fun but that would be to do Charlie's Angels a disservice because I thi
                nk it is cleverer than that. First time director 'McG' (Joseph McGinty Mitchell) manages to make even the flicking of Diaz' hair a laugh out loud moment and the way in which nods and winks to the 70s are literally everywhere without looking shoe-horned in is quite brilliant at times. No it's not a work of genius but it is as near perfect as a movie about Charlie's Angels could ever have been! The whole thing is topped off by some great music video style flashy camerawork and an absolutely fantastic soundtrack featuring the likes of "Baby Got Back"(one of my all time dumbass faves), "Turning Japanese", "Groove Is In The Heart" and other great 'oldies' and a couple of newer tracks from Aerosmith, Fatboy Slim and Destiny's Child. Overall, I think you?ve probably guessed I'm a fan. Charlie's Angels doesn't set out to do anything but be entertaining and it achieves its aims superbly. Despite its girl power undertones it doesn't once attempt to deliver any kind of message and will probably appeal more because of it. If you want to see it as women kicking ass in the ultimate feminist, female empowerment action movie then please do, others will see misogynist, exploitative overtones in the gratuitous(about as gratuitous as a PG gets anyway :oP) amount of plunging neckline and a naked roll down an embankment by Barrymore and Lucy Liu's PVC clad dominatrix scene, either are there if you want to look hard enough for the themes. The rest of us will be entertained by one of the best TV tie-ins ever, which is how it should be. Don't think, don't analyse, just watch and enjoy.

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                  5 stars for Cameron. 0 for the movie. - Advantages: Cameron's lil' butt dance, Cameron's smile, Cameron's butt dance again - Disadvantages: Not enough butt dance, the movie sucks

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                Happily Charlie's Angels is a surprisingly successful TV-into-movie update of the seminal 1970s jiggle show. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore (who also produced) and Lucy Liu star as the hair-tossing, fashion-setting, kung-fu fighting trio employed by the mysterious Charlie (voiced by the original Charlie, John Forsythe). When a high-tech programmer (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, the angels seek out the suspects, with the daffy Bosley (Bill Murray in a casting coup) in tow. A happy, cornball popcorn flick, Charlie's Angels is played for laughs with plenty of ribbing references to the old TV show as well as modern caper films like Mission: Impossible. McG, a music video director making his feature film debut (usually a death warrant for a movie's integrity), infuses the film with plenty of Matrix-style combat pyrotechnics, and the result is the first successful all-American Hong Kong-style action flick. Plenty of movies boast a New Age feminism that has their stars touting their sexuality while being their own women, but unlike something as obnoxious as Coyote Ugly, Angels succeeds with a positive spin on Girl Power for the new millennium (Diaz especially sizzles in her role of crack super agent/airhead blonde). From the send-up of the TV show's credit sequence to the outtakes over the end credits, Charlie's Angels is a delight. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com