THE OLD GUARD (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Old Guard (2020), Charlize Theron
The Old Guard (2020), Charlize Theron

The Old Guard, an action/fantasy about a covert team of immortal mercenaries is not a bad film. However, though everyone performed well, for me, the movie tended to shine best when the camera was on its main character, Andy (Charlize Theron).

Another thing that director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s movie does well is the fight choreography; the kind that had me wanting to see the behind the scenes rehearsals as soon as possible. Especially for the major sequence towards the end.

As far as action/fantasies go, The Old Guard’s story is a good one and perfect for a sequel which I’d watch right away if it were possible. As you watch Theron, KiKi Layne, and Matthias Schoenaerts’s, another bit of good news is that it gets better as you continue to watch and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to guess everything that’s going to happen as the story unfolds.

What you probably should expect though is to be moved, because The Old Guard is definitely fun but it’s also more moving than you may anticipate and there’s certainly a lot more to love than not.

Happy Film Loving


10 thoughts on “THE OLD GUARD (2020): The Things I Liked…”

  1. I liked it as well. It started a little slow, but as you said, it gets better as it goes. I’ve never read the comics so not sure how it compares but really….. I don’t care lol. I would love to have seen more of Quynh’s story. The fight scenes were really good, as was Charlize, but then again she was great with the fight scenes in Atomic Blond….. I kept wondering the whole time did she take anything away from that to use for her training for The Old Guard. I would love to see a sequel as well.

    1. I haven’t read the comics either and just like you, I really don’t mind about that. The way the story is set up, it looks like we should be able to expect a sequel with more screen time for Quynh. Particularly considering the way it ended – and given that this movie performs well on Netflix.

      Theron’s skills from Atomic Blonde must have come in handy here. Before this week is out, I just know I’m going to watch the fight sequences again. 😁

    1. I think I understand what you mean about the general action but… there’s a far too brief moment towards the end when the whole team is working together, when they’re all armed and it looked like a beautifully choreographed dance. Not sure I’ve seen a team so in synch in a while.

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