★★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2020
I think I saw a few episodes of the original series from the 70s because I had a thing for Farrah Fawcett. Then I vaguely remember the remake from 2000 with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, which I liked judging from my score, but the sequel from 2003 completely escaped my mind. I’m not sure if that tells more about me getting older and forgetful or how not memorable they were movies.
This time around Elisabeth Banks directed a sequel of this female spy series that brings in some great action with a few emotional moments and even a childhood trauma reference peppered in. I have to admit there is great chemistry between the Angles (Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska), while Patrick Steward and Dijamon Hounsou bring a certain charm to the cast. The story and direction are done with a heart and playful style with respect to the past and the whole spy genre. Even though there are plenty of lighthearted moments, I would not classify it as a comedy. It is closer to similar action movies with comedic banter like Bad Boys and Fast and the Furious franchise. I was left with a very similar vibe that I got during all-female Ghostbusters reboot and overall it surprised me since I didn’t expect it to be so entertaining. Especially Kristen Stewart who left an impression in Fincher’s Panic Room but later got lost in the clouds of the Twilight trilogy. She effortlessly came around and convinced me to be on a lookout for more good performances from her.