So 2019’s Charlie’s Angels didn’t fare so well under the critics’ spotlight. Some called it mediocre, thoughtless and just plain bad. But I, for one, LOVED it. In fact, I’m probably going to cop a lot of flack for saying this, but hell it’s true. I’m not ashamed. It was one of my favourite films of 2019 (Jojo Rabbit being among those on this list -don’t you worry).
Anyway, I know I’m not alone in my positivity for this film, as Saskia’s review and Jaz’s giant grin and clapping of hands during the movie would reveal. So yeah. I’m a little biased already when I tell you that the Blu-Ray is worthy of being possessed. By me. And by you. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked:
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Let me just say that Naomi Scott made me smile during this feature. It’s unfortunate that so many of these scenes were cut because a lot of them helped to bring out her character’s (Elena’s) goofy noobiness. In the film, Elena felt overshadowed, especially by the new shiny version of Kristen Stewart. Seeing these deleted scenes gave her a little bit more depth in my eyes. Particularly sweet, and a tidbit that I completely missed in the film, was Elena subtly fawning over Alexander Brok. I think I’ll just never get enough of nerd love.
Forget Twilight. I want to believe that Kristin Stewart is Sabina, not Bella, in real life. Because that’s what I saw here and it’s bloody funny and cute. And let’s face it. There’s nothing we love more than watching actors try and do a scene while trying -and failing- not to laugh.
Stronger Together: The Sisterhood of Angels
Covering the unique strengths of each Angel, we get an in-depth look at how Sabina, Jane and Elena are different and yet strong in their own way. I mean, if you’re a fan, you probably already know all this. But if you’re a fan, you’re also probably not opposed to seeing people gush about how fabulous Sabina is (and just to be clear, I’m totally on board with this too *cue love hearts*).
Oh yeah. Also worth noting, Ella Balinska, who played Jane, was pretty much familiar with all the weapons prior to shooting (no pun intended). Don’t mess with her.
Elizabeth Banks: As BOSSley
I hadn’t realized this prior to this feature, but Elizabeth Banks not only acted, but she ALSO wrote AND directed the movie. From personal experience, I can say that directing is a job where you already have your hands full. So kudos to Banks who must have taken multi-tasking to a whoooooole new level. I totally enjoyed these scenes of her, one moment acting, and then the next, calling cut. If it were me, I’d have had permanent stressed-out look on my face, but Banks looked like she was just having a blast.
Warriors on Set: Angels in Action
So I was wondering when we’d get the Charlie’s Angels workout featurette. Well, this wasn’t it. But I did stop and check out stunt schools halfway through this. Yeah. I’m totally serious.
Highlighting the different fighting styles of each Angel, it’s good to see that it wasn’t all I-punch-you-you-punch-me. There’s something about fight choreography that is really mesmerizing and seeing Scott, Stewart and Balinska practicing together was pretty inspirational.
Tailored for Danger: Styling the Angels
UH. YES. This needed to happen. I might have drooled over Stewart’s rockstar jumper. Or gotten bedazzled by the clubbing nighttime outfits. It was all a feast for the eyes and I’m so glad that the fashion got its own little feature. What I wouldn’t give to have access to the Angel wardrobe. Although one caveat…those bowl cuts. Ummmmmm…
Music Video: “Don’t Call Me Angel”
As much as I actually didn’t mind the song, I felt like this style of music video undermined Charlie’s Angels in a way. Featuring Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey, the video portrayed all three sporting angel wings and at one time or another (or many) being over-sexually feminine. I’ll give it that the video was interesting to look at, but it felt slightly out of place, considering that the movie had criticized traditional female stereotypes in its script.
Anyway, that aside, I want to finish with a quote from Kristen Stewart describing her role: “You’re strong, but in a really feminine way.” That’s it from me. I’ll go back to watching the movie. Again.