When does gunpowder milkshake come out?
Gunpowder Milkshake was released on Netflix in the United States on July 14, 2021, and theatrically in other territories by STXfilms and StudioCanal, beginning on July 15, 2021. wikipedia.orgGunpowder Milkshake
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Sam's efforts to keep her newfound ward safe lead her back to the mother who abandoned her (Lena Headey) and her fellow assassins. Gunpowder Milkshake also stars Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Paul Giamatti. Even ahead of the movie's release, a Gunpowder Milkshake 2 has been put into early development, though details on that potential project are still slim. As of Wednesday morning, the movie is available to stream on Netflix.
Tuesday night, ahead of its release, Gillan shared a new Gunpowder Milkshake poster on social media. The print is notable because it comes from Mondo, and it shows a stylized look at the movie's diner fight scene. Though different from the aesthetics Netflix has chosen for Gunpowder Milkshake's promotion, it still features bright colors and plenty of violence. Check it out below.
The early critical consensus for Gunpowder Milkshake is skewing positive at the time of this writing, with the movie holding a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, it's really the audience who decides if the movie is a hit, and they'll be able to check out Gunpowder Milkshake in the coming days. The Mondo poster makes an effort to include several of the movie's main plot elements, from the bloody action to the relationship between Sam and her mother Scarlet. Part of the appeal of Gunpowder Milkshake is the promise of seeing actresses like Bassett and Yeoh dive into wild fight scenes, and the poster makes sure to showcase that as well.
Female-led action films still feel like a novelty these days, and Gunpowder Milkshake can tap into a side of the genre that remains underused. Netflix found success with The Old Guard last year, and perhaps this new effort can draw in a sizable audiences as well. Hopefully, Gunpowder Milkshake will prove to be just as fun as its many promotional materials have been. Audiences can make their decisions on that front starting today.
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Being a woman in this world is — and has been — incredibly challenging. That truth has been reflected across popular culture to various degrees of success, but has particularly begun to drive the world of action movies, from off-the-wall cult classics like Kill Bill and Tank Girl to newer blockbusters like Black Widow and Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Existing somewhere in the dichotomy between those movies is Gunpowder Milkshake, an original female-led action-adventure that arrives on Netflix later this week. The film’s all-star ensemble cast and unique approach to aesthetics have already captivated film fans prior to the film’s release — and yet, the final film manages to both fulfill and subvert whatever expectations they might be having. Gunpowder Milkshake isn’t quite the movie that audiences might be expecting — it’s something even weirder, more beautiful, and more memorable.
Gunpowder Milkshake centers around Sam (Karen Gillan), an efficient, trained assassin who was raised by a shadowy organization dubbed "The Firm" after being abandoned as a child by her mother, a fellow assassin named Scarlet (Lena Headey). After a chaotic chain of events causes Sam to cross paths with a young girl named Emily (Chloe Coleman), Sam’s allegiance to The Firm — and the pair’s safety — are put to the test. In a last-ditch effort, Sam is forced to reconcile with Scarlet and her associates, a trio of assassins dubbed The Librarians (Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Carla Gugino).
The concept of Gunpowder Milkshake intrigued me from the second information on it was first reported, as the idea of a multi-generational, female-led action film still feels oddly revolutionary. And, by and large, Gunpowder Milkshake takes the significance of that concept and runs with it, using its violent allegory to tell a tale of all of the ways women can be let down by the patriarchy. Gillan’s Sam serves as a fascinating audience proxy for that whole ordeal, showcasing what happens when a woman is hardened by the world around her, and sending her not only on a discovery of identity, but of her place in the generations of women who have gone through a similar fate. This is especially the case once Emily enters the picture, as it becomes genuinely cathartic watching Gillan and the other women in her orbit fight to preserve the young girl’s choices and future from a cycle of violence. (All in all, it would make for a compelling double feature with the recently released Black Widow, which also tackles a similar concept within the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) That being said, an argument could definitely be made for having explored that concept even further, as the more intersectional aspects of feminism such as race and sexuality are just barely touched on.
But the narrative that Gunpowder Milkshake lays out — and the stylish, but careful way that director Navot Papushado chooses to do so — keep the film feeling like such unabashed fun that those flaws can be overlooked in the moment. With its colorful aesthetic and violent storyline, it would’ve been safe to assume that Gunpowder Milkshake would unfold as a high-octane, non-stop spectacle — and for stretches of the film, it definitely does. But one of the most unexpected qualities of the film is definitely its pacing, which isn’t afraid to linger on or draw out certain sequences for the sake of characterization and overall vibe.
There still is a definite sense of urgency as Sam and her associates get towards the explosive third act, but the quieter moments or casual longer shots speak volumes to the capabilities of the film’s characters, and make the proceedings feel just the right amount of hectic. In turn, those dips in tone only make the more intense, action-packed moments really shine — whether it’s Gillan standing off against goons in a neon-lit bowling alley, Gugino firing a turret gun while Janis Joplin croons in the background, or a certain mid-movie fight sequence that is too inventive and too specific for me to even want to spoil here. There’s an overwhelming sense of creativity and care to so many elements of the film, and by the time the film’s ensemble of female characters are able to truly kick ass, it only makes those moments more rewarding.
One of the biggest selling points of Gunpowder Milkshake has been its star-studded ensemble cast — and, thankfully, the film really lets them all shine in genuinely fun ways. Amid the film’s weird world, Gillan’s Sam strikes a much-needed balance — somewhere between the world-weary badass with a heart of gold of the MCU’s Nebula, and the adventurous woman discovering herself of Doctor Who’s Amy Pond. (It’s also worth praising The Witcher star Freya Allen, who is brilliantly cast as a younger version of Sam for a few key sequences.) Headey’s take on Scarlet helps further ground the film in some of its most surreal moments, as does Coleman’s spunky, wise-beyond-her-years take on Emily. Bassett, Gugino, and Yeoh shine every single second they’re on screen (both together and separately), and each character has key sequences that are sure to break segments of film Twitter. Paul Giamatti also delightfully chews the scenery as Nathan, a leader of The Firm who gleefully slips between being an ally and adversary.
The technical aspects of Gunpowder Milkshake help the film become absolutely delectable, creating a sense of ambiance that is essential in selling some of the bigger and more brutal sequences. The cinematography is a candy-colored dream, and the costumes are impeccable to match, with items of clothing that I can already see being cosplayed at future conventions. The music bobs in and out of original score and existing music with an excellent flair, with one Janis Joplin needle drop that’s been stuck in my head for most of the time I’ve been writing this review.
When Gunpowder Milkshake gets released on Netflix later this week, it is going to undeniably (and deservedly) draw comparisons to Birds of Prey, thanks to the neon aesthetics, the sweeping hand-to-hand combat sequences, and the story that involves a ragtag group of women protecting a young girl. But as Gunpowder Milkshake marches on, it proves that we’ve only scratched the surface of how to tell that kind of female-fronted story — and just how many different ways it can still be a novel concept. Gunpowder Milkshake is an undeniably quirky, stylish, and creatively made epic, one that lets its ensemble cast and its core message shine. To be honest, it’s the first original Netflix film that I’ve immediately wanted to see get multiple sequels, a prequel, and an animated spinoff, and, hopefully, it’ll get the chance to explore all of those options.
Gunpowder Milkshake is set to be released on Netflix on July 14th.
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HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on Netflix
TKcopWhat do you get when you mix the blood-spattered world-building of John Wick with the candy-colored chaos of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies? The result would look a lot like Gunpowder Milkshake, Netflix's new neon-drenched action flick from director Navot Papushado. Jumanji alum Karen Gillan plays Sam, a top-tier hitman who is very, very good at killing people — only to find her job security (and her life) threatened when she's caught up in a deal gone wrong. Add in Lena Headey as Sam's estranged assassin mother and Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Carla Gugino as a trio of killer librarians, and you've got the recipe for one sweet and gleefully brutal Milkshake. —D.C.
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This neon-lit, female-led Netflix shoot-‘em-up tries way too hard to be cool.
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At one point in “Gunpowder Milkshake,” Navot Papushado’s slick, homage-heavy Netflix crime picture, Michelle Yeoh has a raucous fist fight with a Russian mobster that culminates in her strangling him to death with a length of steel chain. Now, this is important information, because Yeoh is one of the greatest screen martial artists of all time and, now at 58, is rarely afforded opportunities to pummel bad guys with gratuitous flair. Papushado lets her wreak carnage — alongside the great Angela Bassett, who wields a pair of claw hammers — and for that we can be grateful.
I would have liked to have seen an entire movie about Yeoh and Bassett, who play the Librarians, assassins who operate a space that serves as both a sanctuary and an armory for others in the profession. The two are infinitely more interesting than the actual hero of the film, a young assassin named Sam (Karen Gillan) who finds herself embroiled in an elaborate kidnapping plot that involves a shadowy underground crime syndicate known as the Firm. Gillan, blithely quipping as she dispatches waves of anonymous henchmen, seems totally flat in comparison to the magnetic stars with whom she shares the screen.
Papushado, who garnered acclaim as a co-director of the blackly comic thriller “Big Bad Wolves,” is clearly a movie buff, and “Gunpowder Milkshake” feels like a composite of cinephile-friendly references. The splashy, neon-hued aesthetic draws from Michael Mann’s “Thief” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” while the sprawling, complexly choreographed action sequences riff on the Hong Kong shoot-‘em-ups of the 1980s and ’90s, chiefly John Woo’s “The Killer” and Johnnie To’s “Running Out of Time.” Perhaps unavoidably, thanks to its real-time plotting and complicated underworld mythology, it feels strikingly similar to “John Wick.”
The filmmaking favors the kinds of showy stylistic flourishes — slow motion dollies, split diopter shots — that, when used tastefully, can make action dazzle, as in the films of Brian De Palma. But Papushado’s flamboyance feels cocky and indiscriminate, as if he’s simply trying really hard to make every image seem cool. While this may guarantee the movie a long Twitter afterlife through GIFs and screenshots, it doesn’t make for particularly savvy or sophisticated cinema.
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Karen Gillan's filmography is diverse, but her starring turn in Gunpowder Milkshake cements the Scottish actress' status as a bonafide action star.
“It completely snuck up on me,” says Gillan, who also made her directorial debut with 2018 dramedy The Party’s Just Beginning. “I did not anticipate that I would be doing action whatsoever. I don’t know why. It just never even crossed my mind. I mean, I did a little bit of aikido and judo when I was a kid, but it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind at all.”
Gillan said that while studying theater in Scotland, she aspired to do films. But she always imagined them in “the dramatic space” rather than the genre work and comedies (check out the highly underrated Selfie for a good example of the latter) that have composed much of her career. “I didn’t foresee that at all,” continues Gillan, “but it’s something I’m glad that has happened because it’s been really fun.”
Gillan is in some of the biggest action-driven movies in the world, but it’s Gunpowder Milkshake that has given the actress the best chance yet to stretch her action movie muscles. Gillan says she was initially drawn to the script because of the movie’s title. She jokes, “I was like, ‘Okay, I would like to be in a film that’s called Gunpowder Milkshake.'” Yet it was the film’s inventive action sequences that kept her interested.
“I got to the second action sequence [a fight in which Gillan’s character, Sam, has to fight off three armed goons without the use of her arms], and that’s when I rang my agents and was like, ‘Just please get me in this film,'” Gillan recalls. “There was a lot of imagery that I had never seen before in films. It seemed really original and it seems like a huge fun challenge to be able to do that much action.”
It was a challenge, Gillan insists about the filming of the no-arms fight scene.
“The prep for that was pretty difficult because I had to isolate body parts,” she says. “I had to surrender all control over them. It’s hard to do that, because it goes against everything your instincts are telling you to do, which is do not use these particular parts while people are trying to kill you.”
Gillan has a lot of great action scenes in Gunpowder Milkshake, but the first proper fight sequence, a bowling alley brawl in which Sam takes on three men with only a rolling suitcase and some bowling balls, is her favorite.
“That was the biggest challenge, because first of all, it’s the first time that you see me fight,” says Gillan. “And there’s a big buildup, and other characters are saying, ‘Remember who you’re dealing with.’ And so, stuff like that puts the pressure on you to deliver.”
Past the build-up, the sequence is also filmed in one wide shot, with no cuts and no stunt doubles.
“That was a huge challenge because not only was it the first time you see us fight, but you’re going to see every single move,” says Gillan. “In other films, they’re chopping up action sequences a lot at the moment. It’s so choppy that you can’t really like take it in. In this one, there’s just nowhere to hide. So that took a lot of rehearsal and fighting with a suitcase rather than weapons and bowling balls. There was a lot of pressure, because every time before a take, me and the actors were looking at each other and were like, ‘OK, this has to be perfect.'”
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“I remember doing my first fight in the film, and she was actually on set, watching,” says Gillan. “Talk about pressure, because she just popped by to say ‘hi’ after a rehearsal or something. And I was like, oh no, Michelle Yeoh is going to watch me fight for the first time. I better be good.”
When Gillan asked Yeoh for advice, the Malaysian actress encouraged Gillan to use her height during fight scenes. At five feet, 11 inches, Gillan’s slight frame towers over the other women and many of the men in the movie. “It was really helpful actually,” says Gillan of the advice. “I didn’t realize I was not using it, so that was good to know.”
Gunpowder Milkshake is available to stream for Netflix users in the United States, Canada, and the Nordic countries starting July 14 and will be in theaters elsewhere on July 15. For Gillan, who says she had “the best summer ever” making the movie, it’s an opportunity for audiences to have a little fun too.
“I think just after the year and a half that we’ve had, I just hope that people experience some fun,” she says. “I hope that you just get a huge bowl of popcorn and watch it and enjoy the escapism and just have fun. It’s a fun action film, and I think that’s what we need right now.”
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With a heart of endearing family dynamics and action in the style of John Wick featuring a martial arts icon in the cast, Gunpowder Milkshake is set to be a thrilling ride from start to finish. The film is director Navot Papushado‘s English-language debut, and he also co-wrote the movie with Ehud Lavski. Featuring a star-studded cast, there is no shortage of talent on display here and fans can look forward to seeing a great deal of that talent interact together onscreen.
With criminals, gangsters, and a shadowy organization on their heels, the team of assassins will require all their skills to come out on top. The cast is one of Gunpowder Milkshake’s foremost strengths, featuring three generations of beloved actresses and a host of intimidating antagonists.
Freya Allan as Young Sam: The younger version of Gillan’s Sam. She is best known for her role as Ciri on The Witcher, and she also appeared as young Minerva in Into the Badlands and Kail in The Third Day.
Adam Nagaitis as Virgil: Nagaitis has appeared as Vasily Ignatenko in Chernobyl, as well as Cornelius Hickey in The Terror and the conductor Jimmy in The Commuter.
Michale Smiley as Dr. Ricky: Smiley previously played Benny Silver in Luther, Dr. Evazan in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the physician in The Other Boleyn Girl.
David Burnell IV as Shocker: An associate of Yankee’s. He appeared as Ethan McElory in Whiskey Cavalier and Danny in The Salzburg Story.
Jack Bandeira as Crow: An associate of Yankee’s. He appeared in Sex Education as Eli, as well as The Witcher as a young alderman.
Gunpowder Milkshake premieres on Netflix on July 14, 2021.
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Fancy a Gunpowder Milkshake?
If you're not excited to see Gunpowder Milkshake, then that just means you don't know what awaits you in the movie.
Marvel's Karen Gillan and Game of Thrones star Lena Headey have teamed up for the new action movie that sees them play a mother and daughter assassin duo who take on the crime syndicate that they work for.
Gunpowder Milkshake has now been released in certain countries around the world, but if you're wondering how and when you can see it and if you can watch it online at home, we're here to help.
The movie will be released in cinemas on September 17 and it will also be available to watch on Sky Cinema from the same day. If you're already a Sky subscriber, you can add Sky Cinema to your package for an extra £11 a month as part of an 18 months contract.
You can also take advantage of their current Sky TV + Netflix + Cinema bundle, which is £36 a month for 18 months and includes over 100 channels not on Freeview like Sky Atlantic, as well as access to everything on Netflix.
Unfortunately, Gunpowder Milkshake will not be available to watch on Netflix in the UK like it is in some other countries. It's the cinema or Sky Cinema if you want to watch the movie in the UK.
It's not just in the US where Gunpowder Milkshake is being released on Netflix as you can also watch it on the streaming service right now if you're in Canada or any Nordic country.