Gunpowder Milkshake

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The new standard for ‘fuck em up’ films.

A female led, badass action thriller that draws influence from the John Wick and Kill Bill movies, while carving out it’s own identity via consistent neon lighting, dark tones, iconic wardrobe, and beautifully shot and edited action sequences. Watching this film gave me a similar feeling of satisfaction as to when I watched Nobody. That feeling is like a drug, and having females administer that drug is much more enjoyable for me. No disrespect to Bob Odenkirk.

Although they seemed a little too planned out, the fight scenes are complex and well choreographed, and also shot nearly to perfection. The camera work is world class, and adds a sophistication to the film that amplifies the intensity from start to finish. The original score is super creative and the soundtrack is subtle, yet present when needed.

Karen Gillan would probably not be on my list of actresses to fill the protagonist role for this film, but she turned in a commendable performance nonetheless. I wasn’t expecting her style to fit here, but it certainly did and helped shape the film’s tone. Another thing we eat up as an audience is a formulaic relationship between an action hero and a little kid. Between the writing and the chemistry between Gillan and Chloe Coleman, the unlikely pair trope was finely tuned for this film. Lena Heady, Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Paul Giamatti were an absolutely brilliant supporting cast as expected. Even if you’re not into this kind of movie, it’s worth watching for the ensamble performance alone.

This seems to be director, Navot Papushado’s biggest platform of his career, and I think it’s safe to say that he’s got our attention with this one. The combination of narrative, needle drops (Joplin & Dylan cover), nuance, aesthetics, killing, and action is exactly what I’m looking for in this type of film, and I don’t think I’m alone.

Added to Top 10 Films of 2021 Running List
Added to Top 10 Ensemble Casts of 2021 Running List

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