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Film Review: Gunpowder Milkshake

A fun girl-power feature starring Michelle Yeoh and Karen Gillan.

Gunpowder Milkshake is the latest girl-power film with an all-female lead cast. When one of Sam’s jobs goes wrong, she finds herself abandoned by her employer, The Firm (an all-male establishment). In cutting her off, her boss does her one last favour, which leads her to her mother and inevitably, the sisterhood.

Sam is played by multi-award-winning Karen Gillan, who rose to international stardom as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy. Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) plays her mother Scarlet, who, years earlier, unwillingly abandoned her. In Gunpowder Milkshake, mother and daughter are reunited.

She discovers her mother is part of a Sisterhood, The Librarians. Her mother’s lethal assassin friends are Carla Gugino as Madeleine, Angela Bassett as Anna May, and Michelle Yeoh as Florence. The film is directed by Big Bad Wolves’ Navot Papushado.

There is no notable acting in the film, and the film is unlikely to win an award for its basic plot. There are some emotional scenes, when mother Scarlet abandons her daughter Sam; and when little eight ‘and three quarters’ Emily (Chloe Coleman) is held for ransom. However, as these scenes occur early in the film there is not enough time to be emotionally attached to any of the characters. As such, you can just watch this film and enjoy the fighting action.

Refreshingly, it features several hand-to-hand combat scenes, and combat with other weapons after the bullets run out. Sam’s style is classic martial arts style fighting, using anything that comes to hand, and her mother Scarlet’s twin guns have knives. Yeoh fights with chains. We also see the use of Tomahawks, bars of gold, hammers, multiple knives, and brass knuckles.

Much of the fighting – which mixes modern guns and classic weapons – also occur in classic ‘old-school’ establishments. We see an American Diner, a beautiful traditional library, a video shop, and a bowling alley. With outfits to match, there is a bit of nostalgia watching this film. Both the choreography and cinematography of the fighting scenes are further drawcards to this movie, and of course, the girl power vibes.

Gunpowder Milkshake opens on July 15th

a jovial sisterhood movie 3.5 stars

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