Marlowe Granados on How Charlie’s Angels Embraced Pure Fun in a Post-Y2K World
This Week on the Open Form Podcast
Welcome to Open Form, a weekly film podcast hosted by award-winning writer Mychal Denzel Smith. Each week, a different author chooses a movie: a movie they love, a movie they hate, a movie they hate to love. Something nostalgic from their childhood. A brand-new obsession. Something they’ve been dying to talk about for ages and their friends are constantly annoyed by them bringing it up.
In this episode of Open Form, Mychal talks to Marlowe Granados (Happy Hour) about the 2000 film Charlie’s Angels, directed by McG and starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu.
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From the episode:
Marlowe Granados: I’ve written about bimbos and things like that. So for me, the trope of dumb blond and the ditz is always kind of tongue-in-cheek. It’s a winking at the audience … but also one of the things that I always think about when I’m referencing this film in terms of what I actually think that people don’t really do anymore is that it feels that it exists in its own universe, not so different from ours, but different enough that the aesthetics are so specific.
The costuming of the set design. Like, why is the glass house that Sam Rockwell lives in so fancy and looks like a spaceship? … It does that like really high-grade saturation that we just don’t see anymore where it’s now this yellow scale or grayscale … that looks the same.
Marlowe Granados is a writer and filmmaker. After spending time in London and New York, she now resides in Toronto.