Elizabeth Banks Addresses Detractors About Her ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot

It’s always hit or miss when it comes to reboots, and when the trailer for the new Charlie’s Angels movie hit the web in June, some people prematurely decided to keep their expectations low and slam the film. In a climate where reboots, “reimaginings,” and remakes are the order of the Hollywood day, fans leave little error for mess-ups but appreciate a worthy, nostalgia-filled effort.

In the case of Elizabeth Banks’ go at Charlie’s Angels for 2019, early criticism only ballooned into a mixed opinions and some unkind reactions.

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Elizabeth Banks | Getty Images/Amy Sussman

Banks expressed her take on the franchise would be different

Banks is in the business of writing, producing, and creating films that resonate with her, and when it was announced that she’d be doing the Charlie’s Angels project, she knew where she wanted it to go. The movie was never meant to be a departure from the earlier versions of the Angels, but an updated continuation.

She wanted the movie to be grounded in the characters’ abilities to do their jobs as a team and told Entertainment Weekly she felt audiences want to see films that are relatable and aspirational.

“It was important to me to make a movie about women working together and supporting each other, and not make a movie about their romantic entanglements or their mother they don’t call enough. When I’m at work, I don’t talk about those things. I get on with my job. It felt important to do that for the Angels, to treat them with the respect their skill set demands.”

Things that are different in this film include weapons and action, increased used of tech, and three Bosleys who represent a rank rather than a singular character. Banks also previously talked about making this movie fun and funny, and she believes her three leads—Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott—nailed it.

Banks speaks out about negative ‘Charlie’s Angels’ feedback

Banks, who directed, produced, co-wrote, and starred in Charlie’s Angels, is well aware of the criticism surrounding the movie. In her interview with WSJ Magazine, she addressed those who have an issue with her reviving an old franchise:

“You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining! I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years — I feel totally fine with that.”

She’s choosing to stay positive about her work on the film, and shared that she was excited about putting together something that’s part of a larger franchise for herself and the other women in the movie.

“Being in a big franchise allows you to have it all. I recognize the same thing, it’s almost unfair for women. The best roles are usually in small movies, but then you don’t make any money. It’s okay to want to make money.”

The film has received positive reviews

In spite of those who have panned the movie and low box office numbers, Charlie’s Angels has garnered some positive accolades, specifically for Kristen Stewart’s performance. Empire wrote the movie is “fresh, exciting update on an attractive story that previously got lost in its own glamour.”

While Rotten Tomatoes critics have only given it a 60% rating, audiences score it much higher at 80%. The general public is describing the movie as fun, fresh, and a good choice for teens and pre-teens. Whatever the opinion, Banks is happy with her work and did what she set out to do.