Mixing a large dose of potent wackiness with an uncompromisingly glorious sense of style, Gunpowder Milkshake turned out to be so much more than I had anticipated. Sitting there in the very sparsely populated cinema, I was honestly assuming this would be a run of the mill B grade actioner, of which there have been many over the past decade.
Pleasingly Navot Papushado’s effort here is an absolute blast and very surprisingly funny throughout. Right off the bat this feast for the eyes goes for maximum visual style, with neon reds literally popping out of the screen, clearly influenced by many of the greats, the cinematography here is a welcome change from the recent slew of actioners.
We follow Sam, a hitwoman / enforcer for a shady organisation played perfectly by Karen Gillan, who after an unfortunate situation is thrown into henchman after henchman with some pleasingly violent kills. The humour plays a much bigger part than one would expect and the majority of it really works, specifically with immaculately timed cuts.
The choreography on show here is often great fun, with a good amount of stuff caught in longer wide shots, and apart from some speed ramping I caught in the first fight, they work really very well and pack more of a punch as the film goes on, especially once the rest of the main female led cast joins in.
It’s certainly been a while since I have had the pleasure of viewing such a singular artistic vision in the cinema (possibly since Shadow In The Cloud).
Gunpowder Milkshake is a bloody good, wacky time I’d highly recommend.
Thanks to StudioCanal Australia for inviting me along to the screening! Gunpowder Milkshake is out in Cinemas this Thursday in Australia! Go see it!