Movie Review: Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Women are great. That is all. ONWARDS TO THE REVIEW!

Ladies, gents, and non-binaries… “Gunpowder Milkshake”.

15 years after her mother (Lena Headey) disappeared on her, Sam (Karen Gillan) has ended up becoming an assassin, just like her mom. But after a job goes wrong, she finds herself doubting her loyalties when stuck choosing between following the organization that raised her, or helping a little girl (Chloe Coleman) that’s been caught right in the conflict. There are a lot of elements here that we’ve seen in various other action/thrillers before, but I feel like “Gunpowder Milkshake” puts enough of a unique spin on them to not just feel like a derivative. But I’m also not gonna sit here and tell you that this is one of the freshest feeling narratives in recent action efforts. It’s a perfectly enjoyable Friday night popcorn feature story that serves as a solid enough thread to justify the action scenes. I know it sounds like I’m ragging a bit on it, but I swear I’m not. It’s a decent story with enough charm and flair to make it stand out somewhat in the world of action-revenge-going rogue type movies.

The characters in this are colorful, fun, and overall pretty entertaining. Karen Gillan plays Sam, our main protagonist. She’s a tough assassin with a bit of emotional baggage from events in her past. She’s a pretty interesting character and I really enjoyed following her. And Gillan was really good in the role. And the supporting cast, featuring people like Lena Headey, Chloe Coleman, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino, Ralph Ineson, Paul Giamatti, and more, are all really fucking good.

The sore for the movie was composed by Frank Ilfman, and I think he did a good job with it. Ilfman blends a few different styles within his score here, most notably a little bit of synthwave, some typical action orhestration, and a fair bit of Morricone-style western tunes. And it makes for a very fun soundscape that really helps elevate each scene within the movie. There’s also a few licensed songs used throughout, and they work quite well in their respective scenes.

“Gunpowder Milkeshake” was directed and co-written by one Navot Papushado, and I’d say he did a good job with it. His directing has a fair bit of energy to it, and when blended with a lot of stylish lighting and editing, makes for quite the electrifying watch. And this especially comes through in the action scenes, all of which are slick, violent, and a ton of fun. It’s just a stylishly crafted flick.

This movie just came out, so these ratings will likely change after this review comes out (and my lazy ass ain’t editing shit over time). On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 64% positive rating. On Metaritic it has a score of 47/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6.5/10.

Even though “Gunpowder Milkshake” doesn’t do anything to reinvent the wheel, it’s still a fiercely entertaining action flick that I can happily recommend. It has a pretty good story, pretty good characters, really good performances, really good music, and really good directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Gunpowder Milkshake” is an 8.41/10. So I’d definitely say it’s worth watching.

My review of “Gunpowder Milkshake”.

A gunpowder milkshake sounds like a terrible dessert. Sounds like it’d be really gritty and also put you at risk of igniting your entire mouth. Think I’ll stick to regular milkshakes, thank you.

Movie Review: The World’s End (2013)

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Anybody else here in love with Edgard Wright? I can safely say that I am because of some of those awesome movies of his. I mean, “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” are two of my favorite comedies of all time. Wright is such a unique director that I always look forward to his movies. That is why I find it sad that he left “Ant-Man” because that would have been one of the most amazing things ever. Oh well, let’s review a movie he did in fact make.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The World’s End”.

Gary King (Simon Pegg) is a bit of a man-child. Ever since he failed a pub-crawl in the early 90’s, he has had the desire to finish it. So now he has assembled his old friends Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Peter (Eddie Marsan) to once again try their hands on it and actually finish it. Problem is that they will also have to try to stop a big otherworldly invasion that has come to the town. Bizarre? Yes. Awesomely amazing? You bet your ass! Once again, Edgard Wright together with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have created something that is not only original but also inredibly entertaining. I never felt like the plot dragged at any point and it was consistently entertaining me in any way it could. A.K.A. I fucking loved it.

The characters in this movie were consistently entertaining and they all had a very consistent arc to them where you actually felt them grow in one way or another. Simon Pegg in this movie, he was fantastic in the movie. Not only does he deliver the comedy perfectly, but he actually gives a genuinely great performance. I’d even dare say it’s the best performance I have seen from him. Also, I’d almost guess he actually was drunk throughout the entire movie because I have never seen anyone play drunk this well. Nick Frost was also great, surprisingly enough playing the reserved and relatively laid back character (Sidenote: Watch “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” if you don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about). Let’s just speed through everyone else of importance so this review won’t get too long, umm… Martin Freeman was great, Paddy Considine was great, Eddie Marsan was great, Rosamund Pike was great, David Bradley almost stole the show in the movie because he was awesome. Everyone was awesome, great job, guys!

This soundtrack is a mix of all kinds of songs. From Blur to Stone Roses to Primal Scream to Suede and a lot of other artists/bands. This soundtrack perfectly fits the energetic, bizarre and quick style of the movie. It is a perfectly put together soundtrack that fits it’s movie perfectly. It’s just as crazy as the movie itself and I love it.

Edgar Wright once again nails the directing with “The World’s End”, just like with his previous movies. The pacing is fast, the editing is quick and the shots look great, What I was a little surprised by was how great the action scenes are. Sure, there was a little action in “Hot Fuzz” as well, but not to the same extent. This movie has a surprising amount of action, and the action is really awesome. It is just as energetic and cool as everything else in the movie. And of course, the comedy in the movie is fantastic/hilarious, but that should be expected from this team.

This movie has been very well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 81/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“The World’s End” is another example of Edgard Wright being one of the greatest directors around. It has a bizarre and awesome story, the characters/performances are entertaining and great, the soundtrack is balls-to-the-wall awesome, the directing is pretty awesome and the action is surprisingly great. And the humor is amazing too. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “The World’s End” is a 9,89/10. It deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

Review of “The World’s End” is completed.

It’s the end of the world as we know it…