Analysing the sound and lighting in Charlies Angels: Full Throttle

Essay by lil_keggyCollege, UndergraduateC, January 2008

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The film that I have chosen to analyse the music and lighting in is “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” Directed by McG and music by Edward Shearmur. The movie stars Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore as three crime fighters who work for an anonymous millionaire named Charlie.

The film throughout depends a lot on music; the first thing that I noticed about the music was the fact that it uses a lot of past music from the 1970’s and the 1980’s giving the movie a nostalgic feeling. This could be to keep the feel of the original 1976 television series, which ran until 1981. Whilst trying to keep this feel, they also try to add a modern spin to it by using a remix of the original Charlie’s Angels theme tune in the opening sequence, through doing this, the film can appeal to fans of the original television show and the younger generation of today.

All of the music in this film is put across to the audience in a non-diegetic manner, it sets the scene in many ways, and for example, when there is an action scene, the tempo of the music is increased.

An example of this music would be “Firestarter” by Prodigy; it is used in all of the angels fight scenes in the first and second Charlie’s Angel’s films. This music is probably used because of the fast paced movement and the destruction that is happening in the scenes. The film also uses it for lyrical content as after one of the fight scenes, Alex (Lucy Liu) is in possession of a giant flamethrower whilst the song “Firestarter” is playing. Lyrical content happens often in this film, usually in the fight scenes or in dance sequences.

A large majority of the music seems to...