Wow, was I in for a surprise. Charlie's Angels has not aged well. At. All. This film may be the most contemporary movie ever made.
- The first big surprise is the music. Except for a couple of 80s classics (Spandau Ballet, Wham!) the soundtrack screams "it's 1999!": Korn, Enigma, Dee-Lite, Blur, Fatboy Slim, Blink 182, and a whole fight scene scored to "Smack My Bitch Up". Blerg!
- The fight sequences that seemed so modern and dynamic in 2000 now look like sad knockoffs of The Matrix: lots of wirework and physical impossibilities in a movie otherwise meant to take place on Earth.
- The movie is also overstuffed with "speed ramping", and excessive slow-motion, and the CGI opening title verged on parody.
Drew Barrymore's boyfriend Tom Green has an extended cameo where it seems like he's making up all his lines. Tom Green was a comedy star in 2000, but he's since vanished from pop culture, making his presence seen weird.
Bill Murray is charming, but that doesn't mean he's good in everything: he seems to be winging it through this movie. This perfunctory money-grab looks even worse when bookended by his appearance in Rushmore in 1998 and The Royal Tenembaums in 2001.
Maybe this isn't a problem if I only noticed it in 2016, but the soundtrack is full of songs with the word "Angel" in the title, which seemed forced.