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‘Charlie’s Angels’ is one of those films that can be best described as a guilty pleasure: we know it’s cheesy and over-the-top, but that’s why we love it. It’s also fun, and stars the ever-brilliant Bill Murray as loyal sidekick Bosley and Crispin Glover as a supercreepy villain with a hair fetish, so it automatically gets kudos for casting. As action remakes of old TV series go, it’s a pretty decent attempt and it solidified Cameron Diaz as a Hollywood Alister, gave Lucy Liu her first big screen hit and diversified Drew Barrymore’s portfolio.
If you give in to the implausibility, the crime-fighting trio are captivating with their stylish fight moves, street smarts and obvious on-screen rapport. However, they’re not the only fighting females who bring down the bad guys, for more girl power check out this list of films like ‘Charlie’s Angels’.
No video game character has made quite such an impact on pop culture, with men considering her a sex symbol and women considering her to be either an empowering role model or detrimental to the feminist cause. Whatever, you think of her, Lara Croft certainly kicks ass spectacularly well.
The movie itself was pretty much panned but it has some great fight sequences and stunningvisuals of the Cambodian landscape. Angelina looked the part and did a decent enough job given the material, and if you don’t expect too much from it, it can’t fail to deliver!
Before the iconic TV series there was the movie about Buffy a vampire-slaying high school student. She reluctantly takes on her new life as ‘the slayer’, the one woman to save Earth from creatures of the night, whilst trying not to disrupt her life of cheerleading, dating and shopping. Kristy Swanson was the original Buffy, an airhead with hidden depths, helped by Luke Perry, who was at the height of his Beverly Hills 90210 fame.
This female buddy cop movie stars Sandra Bullock as an buttonedup FBI agent and Melissa McCarthy as an outspoken, overlyrelaxed detective paired up to crack a drug ring. Melissa McCarthy essentially plays the same character she does in most of her movies, but she’s good at it and likeable so who’s complaining? Apparently quite a few people from all the negative reviews it’s received, but maybe those people are as uptight as Bullock’s character. It’s from the director of Bridesmaids so expect the humour to be of the rude and crude variety. Luckily the female leads have great chemistry and that makes all the difference.
When a crusading senator pressures the Navy Secretary to to begin full gender integration, LT. Jordan O’Neil is given the assignment and everyone expects her to fail. The Lieutenant has to contend with the brutal training regime of Command Master Chief, trumped up charges of being a lesbian, attempts to relegate her to desk jobs, and doublecrossing allies.
Demi Moore won the Golden Razzie for worst actress, which is a bit harsh, though Viggo Mortensen outshines her as the military instructor who has to make a example of the lone female whilst secretly respecting her. It’s a shame G.I. Jane only gets respect when she shaves her head, gets butch and acts like a man, which isn’t a great message to send out.
There are more female action heroes than you can point a taser gun at, and the girls just keep getting feistier. These girls combine brains, beauty and brawn to maximum effect; check out more female tough girl movies similar to ‘Charlie’s Angels’ below.
This film has it all, a great story, amazing visuals and fantastic choreography. Best of all, it has three talented female leads who really know how to pack a punch, not to mention a kick and saber slash. It introduced WuXia, a specific literary/cinematic genre in China, to
Hollywood. Magic and martial arts are blended to create a breathtakingly fantastical world where people fly as well as the more mundane crouching and hiding.
Sandra Bullock is back again in a familiar type of role where she plays a detective, but this time she’s a tomboy who undergoes an Eliza Doolittle type of makeover to become an undercover beauty pageant contestant. If you can forgive the clunky and predictable script, it’s an engaging movie and Bullock is as charming as ever using her not-so-feminine wiles.
The characters in this movie are not necessarily action heroes, but they do get a sense of female empowerment after experiencing a few too many negative runins with males. ‘Thelma and Louise’ is a great example of women sticking together and being loyal until the end, whether that end is riding happily off into the sunset or plunging down a ravine. The film highlights what a common problem everyday abuse against females is and what happens when the women won’t stand for it anymore.
As mentioned above, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ is very lighthearted, but some movies with strong female figures go further and are less family friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’ is a perfect example, so are all the ‘Alien’, ‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Underworld’ franchises. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, ‘La Femme Nikita’, ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ and the recent ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ are also dark films that portray strong women at the heart of their stories.
What they lack in laughs, they make up for in action!
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