Note: this article contains spoilers for Charlie's Angels.
Charlie's Angels is the latest franchise to be given a reboot, even if it's left a few critics wondering why.
The Angels first appeared in the late 1970s as a TV series led by Farrah Fawcett. It was then brought to the big screen in 2000 with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in the lead roles.
But this new incarnation of Charlie's Angels, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and newcomer Ella Balinska and is directed by Elizabeth Banks, aims to give the series the kick of modern-day feminism it needs.
And while some critics might feel like they've been hit over the head too hard by the Angels' new-found empowerment, others are loving its feminist message.
Below, you can find a selection of reviews plucked from Rotten Tomatoes – the movie currently holds a 62% rating at the time of writing.
"For all of its #MeToo heavy lifting, though, the film still doesn't work, mainly for the same reasons as before: Constructed as symbols (not human beings), these characters have too much spy stuff to do and yet, not quite enough."
"Nobody really asked for another Charlie's Angels reboot, but this one will leave you eager for more. It seems these women might still have the element of surprise on their side, after all."
"It's better than it could have been while also not being quite good enough to warrant any further instalments."
"A wildly entertaining action flick that also happens to expose the systemic ways that men are overvalued and women are undervalued in society, and daringly connects this pattern to nothing short of planetary annihilation."
"The new Charlie's Angels is a heavier chunk of escape than any previous Angels incarnation — if the early-2000s films were pop, this one is metal. Yet that's part of its timely appeal."
"Charlie's Angels is a highly entertaining action comedy with a winning 'close as sisters' leading trio that also gives a big boost to the network of Angels."
"Ultimately, Charlie's Angels refreshes the spy franchise while honoring what came before, offering a much-needed update and paving the way for a whole new generation of Angels. Hopefully, we'll get to see the new Charlie's Angels return in a sequel."
Charlie's Angels will find its way into UK cinemas on November 29, following its release in the US next Friday (November 15).
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