Review: Jack Foley
WHEN a film is as knowingly cheesy as Charlie's
Angels: Full Throttle, you've just got to know that the soundtrack
will follow suit.
Hence, what we have here is a greatest hits collection of retro
feelgood tracks, harking back to the Seventies, Eighties and even
the Nineties - albeit with the odd new bonus track to fill in.
Some hit, some grate, but most are just plain silly, set against
images of the girls cavorting around wildly to director, McG's
various action routines.
Take Electric Six's kitsch/cult favourite, Danger! High Voltage
- try listening to it (once you've seen the film, of course) and
not recall images of Demi Moore and Cameron Diaz strutting their
shapely stuff in black and white bikinis, respectively.
Or try not to smile foolishly as you recall footage of the Angels
mimicking MC Hammer's Can't Touch This, while moving furniture
into Diaz's latest pad.
It's that sort of movie; and that sort of soundtrack.
Sadly, however, the harder edge given to the film and driven
by the big beat likes of Prodigy (which accompanies most, if not
all, of the fight scenes, in the film) is absent here (possibly
because it was present on the original OST).
What attitude remains, comes courtesy of Pink, whose William
Orbit-inspired Feel Good Time does exactly what it professes
to do - makes you feel good. It is one of the artist's better
recent efforts and benefits greatly from the presence of Orbit
(who continues the trick of making his collaborators sound hipper
Elsewhere, the soundtrack flits from mediocre to pure cheese,
particularly during Nickelback and Kid Rock's risible version
of Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) and Nas' self-complimentary
Of the classics, Edwyn Collins' A Girl Like You remains
as fun as ever, while Bowie's Rebel Rebel and The Beach
Boys' Surfer Girl prove how wide the gulf is between genuine
musicians and here today/gone tomorrow pop stars.
Yet this is as light and breezy as the movie itself - occasionally
inspired, but frequently tedious; it is quite apt that it should
come to a close on the Donna Summer track, Last Dance.
1. Feel Good Time - Pink feat. William Orbit
2. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) - Nickelback feat.
3. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
4. Danger! High Voltage - Electric Six
5. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
6. Any Way You Want It - Journey
7. Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys
8. Working For The Weekend - Loverboy
9. A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
10. Nas' Angels...The - Nas feat. Pharrell
11. I Just Wanna Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
12. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole
13. U Can't Touch This - Mc Hammer
14. Last Dance - Donna Summer