I like Milkshakes, but this…
The promo’s and pictures for Gunpowder Milkshake looked amazing and got me really excited for an all-female action movie on par with John Wick. (I mean we deserve one.) While not perfect movies I really enjoyed Birds of Prey and Black Widow, and I hoped I would like Gunpowder Milkshake just as much. Gunpowder Milkshake is out on Netflix now and is unfortunately almost 2 hours of missed opportunities. Here is my Gunpowder Milkshake movie review.
My Gunpowder Milkshake Movie Review
Gunpowder Milkshake is a prime example of how you can have an amazing cast for your movie, but if everything else is terrible it won’t make a difference. (Like putting lipstick on a pig.) The movie has all of the makings of a great female-led action movie, but the writing and execution of the movie failed terribly. (It makes me mad because I can’t understand why we can’t have an AMAZING female-led action movie!) There are many issues with Gunpowder Milkshake. One example is the fight scenes. The bowling alley fight scene looked visually amazing with the neon colors, but the actual fight scene and choreography are terrible. They fast-forwarded through the fight, and it just didn’t do justice to Karen Gillan’s abilities. (Now, I will admit Michelle Yeoh’s fight scenes were amazing.)
Another issue with the movie is it just isn’t original enough. While watching the movie a lot of the scenes reminded me of other movies like Kill Bill, Gun’s Akimbo, Hotel Artemis, and John Wick. Then comes the writing. The badass women in the movie are supposed to be smart yet they made a lot of illogical decisions all to add drama and suspense to the movie, but it just made the movie and characters worse. (You don’t need to take 2 bobby pins out of your hair to let it down to shoot a gun.) Even though the cast of Karen Gillan, Lena Headly, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Carla Gugino is so freaking amazing I feel the writers and director of Gunpowder Milkshake just didn’t know how to harness their greatness.
Sadly, even though I love Karen Gillan I have to give Gunpowder Milkshake a C rating. If you are looking for a better female-led action film make sure to check out my review of Black Widow HERE.
Gunpowder Milkshake Movie Synopsis
Sam (KAREN GILLAN) was only 12 years old when her mother Scarlet (LENA HEADEY), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, Sam has followed in her mother’s footsteps and grown into a fierce hit-woman. She uses her “talents” to clean up The Firm’s most dangerous messes. She’s as efficient as she is loyal. But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between serving The Firm and protecting the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl – Emily (CHLOE COLEMAN).
With a target on her back, Sam has only one chance to survive: Reunite with her mother and her lethal associates, The Librarians (MICHELLE YEOH, ANGELA BASSETT and CARLA GUGINO). These three generations of women must now learn to trust each other, stand up to The Firm and their army of henchmen, and raise hell against those who could take everything from them.