By Netnet Camomot
THE last action movie I watched last week was “Terminator: Dark Fate” which almost made me lose faith in action movies. So, I decided to ask a friend first if “Charlie’s Angels” is worth watching in a cinema considering it could make me waste precious pesos again for tickets, dinner before the movie, midnight snacks after the movie, plus the precious time that I could have spent writing this column, reading a book, and playing Homescapes, Gardenscapes, and Wordscapes.
Fortunately for Charlie and his angels, the movie delivered especially for the women who need models for women empowerment. The 2019 version of “Charlie’s Angels” is written, directed, and produced by Elizabeth Banks who also stars in the movie as one of the Bosleys. Talk of quadruple threat. Add to that Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the Angels.
The low $8.6 million ticket sales on its opening weekend, however, didn’t look good for its $48-million production budget. This somehow prompted Banks to tweet, “Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it’s in the world.”
Way back in the ’70s, the trio for its television series version was Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
The 2019 version has a bonus that could be a spoiler alert, depending on the audience’s age: Smith is in the film. Her role? Well, make a wild guess. The women of a certain age said a collective whoa upon seeing her as they remembered that Smith was the sweetest angel in her batch. Those were the days when I was the Farrah in our Berks. Go figure.
Okay, I’ll help you figure. There was a mad scramble—hehe—for who’s going to be who. Since my friends already chose Kate and Jaclyn, I was left with Farrah. The process of elimination?
If there’s a mantra for these angels, it is this: Don’t judge a book by its cover. They could be sweet and charming to disarm their targets. Kind of, Surprise!
A friend made the sign of the cross, though, when we were already inside the cinema for “Charlie’s Angels,” afraid of another earthquake. We should not allow disasters to keep us from moving forward, so, it’s good to pray and to keep the faith.
Watching movies can be relaxing as it makes us momentarily forget the spring cleaning that still needs to be done at home. A friend calls this escapism, which could be the reason for the “scapes” in Homescapes, Gardenscapes, and Wordscapes.
Well, if there’s one thing you can’t escape from this holiday season, it’s the Christmas tree whose ceremonial lighting usually has a bonggang-bongga program that may have special guests, including the city mayor and other government officials, plus celebrities, ballet dancers, choral groups, orchestras, etc.
I was thinking, Why not the Nativity scene instead of the Christmas tree? Hmmm. Because a family groufie with Baby Jesus as the star may not attract non-Christians to the mall, park, hotel, office, or wherever that Christmas tree is located. How about the Christmas tree in your own house, should you now invite the city mayor to its lighting?
In case your Christmas spirit is still hibernating in Siberia, the gigantic Christmas tree at SM CDO Downtown Premier may finally be the tree to convince that spirit to wake up already. Called Winter Wonders, the mall’s Christmas attraction also features two humongous cranes and a tunnel of love, er, white trees. The whole display is super Instagrammable, you may have to visit the mall the moment it opens if you don’t want your selfies to have a battalion of photobombers.
After taking selfies, you might as well shop for Christmas gifts, to avoid the battalion of Christmas shoppers who also prefer to shop at the last minute right before the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve.
Christmas is the time for finding out who’s naughty or nice, or even for who’s toxic or not. Life is short, better deal only with people whose aura is filled with love and peace. No, not money and power, because, in case you haven’t noticed, that pair is not even enough to keep taipans and tycoons alive forevermore.