The Old Guard, Netflix Film Review

The Old Guard

Starring: Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Directed by: Gina Prince- Bythewood

Screenplay: Greg Rucka 

Streaming on Netflix

The Old Guard

Records were smashed with the release of The Old Guard, it was streamed in a huge 72m homes. That is how you drop a ‘box office’ smash whilst everyone is in lockdown.

What, or Who are The Old Guard

The Old Guard is the Netflix adaptation of Greg Rucka and Leandro Ferandez’s comic of the same name.

The storyline centres around a group of warriors who never seem to die… They are trapped in a circle of seemingly endless immortality, led by Andromache of Scythia- Andy (Charlize Theron). They’ve survived and fought for those who needed it for centuries. However, in a digital age where everything can be tracked, secrets don’t remain secret for long.

Charlize Theron, Matthias Schoenaerts, Luca Marinelli, Marwan Kenzari, and KiKi Layne in The Old Guard (2020)

The parts between the fighting

Directed by American film director Gina Prince- Blythewood, The Old Guard really shines in the scenes beyond the fighting. Not that the action scenes aren’t choreographed brilliantly, which they were. However, I think we can all agree the action wasn’t the best thing about The Old Guard, it was a combination of Charlize Theron smashing people into walls, the characters we meet and when we get to learn about the journey they’ve been on. The relationships and history between the characters is what kept me invested. Plus Charlize Theron kicking ass and swigging booze from the bottle.

True Love

What helped The Old Guard really stand ahead of other Netflix films is the relationship we develop with the central characters. It is easy to see Andy slice through grunts with an axe, and still, we sympathise with her and her flight. Any doubt we do have about the group’s motivations are cancelled out when Nile voices her own concerns about the killings. There is so much going on, the actual villain of the story is lost amongst the depth of the relationships. Also, Dudley from the Harry Potter movies makes a weird choice and not a great bad guy, sorry. 

The most poignant moment is between Joe and Nick who’s love transcends all the time and things they’ve seen. The impassioned speech from Joe in which he proclaims the depth of his love for Nick is more authentic and beautiful than most of the love stories in the last few years.

Luca Marinelli and Marwan Kenzari in The Old Guard (2020)

The Old Verdict

Whilst some aspects of the film are a bit slow- I was compelled to seek out the original comics after watching. So keep an eye out for a comparison article coming soon!

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