Had COVID-19 not reared its ugly head, we'd have been smack dab in the middle of films like Black Widow, The New Mutants, and Wonder Woman 1984 -- all vying for our attention. Sadly, this is not the case...
But we do have The Old Guard, a comic-book inspired film starring Charlize Theron as the leader of a band of immortal soldiers who kick much ass in their quest to alter history for the better. And I'm happy to report the movie kicks much ass as well.
The Old Guard is full of well-stage gun and fistfights, and larger-than-life set pieces. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood manages to keep it all grounded with a gritty style that lets us see the action.
She also slows things down enough to build actual characters and relationships. Not so much that we become bored, but just enough to invest us in what is going on. And Prince-Bythewood gives everything a somber tone, so this feels more like Logan than a recent Marvel entry.
Theron is always good, and she remains one of the few women on film who is a convincing action hero. I believe she can kick my ass, and the asses of most men she comes across. She's just go this look and way of moving that says "I know I'm beautiful, but don't let that fool you."
The Old Guard has already becomes Netflix's most watched original movie. This seems to happen with each one the streaming giant makes. I guarantee you this will be a franchise. And yes, the door is left open for more Old Guard movies.
I can't wait. This one is a Good.