Look, Gunpowder Milkshake was a damn good time and I won’t be taking anyone talking crap about this movie or the fun that I had watching it. That’s the first thing that you should know as you dive into this review. I loved Karen, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Carla Gugino. I even loved Chloe Coleman, who is an astounding actress with a bright future ahead of her and work like Big Little Lies under her belt. Basically, the cast was stacked from top to bottom and I loved everyone that we were introduced to.
The story of Gunpowder Milkshake was grounded in found family and the mistakes we make along the way. Sometimes they define us and sometimes they pull us away from those that we love. But at the end of the day, and when it really counts, family comes through for each other. Doesn’t matter if you don’t share blood or not. That’s why Sam and Emily bonded so quickly, why Sam forgave her mother Scarlet, and why Anna May, Florence, and Madeleine accepted them all when they needed help. Family. And I’m a sucker for that.
The action was also on point in Gunpowder Milkshake. The bad guys didn’t hold back because they were women. They were treated with the same respect (or disrespect because they’re trying to kill our favs) as they would with the men. Also, each woman was given their moment to shine. Obviously the story centers around Gillan and Headey’s characters. But that doesn’t mean that Bassett, Yeoh, and Gugino were left behind to twiddle their thumbs. They threw it down and had me wanting for more of these badass women.
Gunpowder Milkshake was also dramatic AF and visually stunning. Any chance this movie had to make an entrance, they took. Any chance they had to push the boundaries of fighting bad guys, they went for it. And anytime they had an opportunity to set up a scene that leaves you satisfied from the action, to the clothes, to the shot in the frame, they didn’t hold back. And don’t even get me started on Sam’s everything. That woman was dramatic AF with her coats, entrances, and gravely voice. And I loved it all to bits for how over the top it was.
Ultimately, this is the kind of movie I want to see more of. Movies where the women are the central focus in a story that feels over-the-top but somehow grounded at the same time. Movies where the women fight tooth and nail for their survival and are treated as equals. Movies where the women don’t have time to talk about men because they’ve got a found family to take care of, a mother to reconnect with, and a child you’ve basically adopted. I want it all. And if men can have movies that have all these components and then some, women should too.
Gunpowder Milkshake is available on Netflix now.