Movie Review: “Gunpowder Milkshake” is style over substance and ends up tasting bitter

After “Gundpowder Milkshake” was done, I stared at the blank screen for a minute or two, wondering where the disconnect was. After all, a cast like this with an aesthetic that looks like the love child of “Promising Young Woman” and “The Professional” should have made me felt so much more.

But it was just bland. Okay. Which makes no sense. Let me walk you through it.

We get Karen Gillan (Jumanji, Guardians Of The Galaxy) who is more than ready to be a solo action star, as “Sam” the assassin with a mysterious past, who after an exchange gone wrong, has to navigate through the underworld including allies like her estranged mom (Lena Headey from Game Of Thrones) and her handler played by Paul Giamatti.

Director Navot Papushado just doesn’t pull any emotion from his audience.

While the film looks gorgeous, and the cast is almost a fanboy dream of underrated kick-ass action actresses from the last 30 years, I never really cared what happened to anybody in this movie. The dialog tries too hard and that’s because you already know what’s coming. It’s also too long and some points in the story are stretched to a fit.

This is a gorgeous container though. While emotionally empty, Papushado does everything right here visually. There are some shots in this film that I would print out and hang on my wall. The action approach here is clever, despite not always landing right.

But ultimately it’s all flash and no filler for “Gunpowder Milkshake”. I reluctantly recommend it if you’re a Gillan fan like myself, and you can appreciate style on screen, even though it has nothing powerful to say.

Gunpowder Milkshake:

GRADE: C

Running Time: 1 hour 54 minutes

Rated: R

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