The Valero Verdict: The Old Guard Review

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, Charlize Theron led action film, The Old Guard.

The Old Guard streams starting on Friday
on Netflix

A covert team of immortal mercenaries are suddenly exposed and must now fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered.

I had little to no knowledge surrounding this movie outside of watching the trailer. I didn’t know what ‘The Old Guard’ was other than it was a comic.

The Old Guard kicks us off with a bang. Everyone is dead, and Andy (Charlize Theron) narrating over the top of the sequence. We flashback where we see Andy (Theron) reluctantly take a meeting with Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor). She agrees to help Copley. We fast forward to a fight sequence that leads to the ambush of which shows us he set them up.

Let’s go back to the fight sequence first. My least favorite thing within action films these days is lazy combat scenes. They did a remarkable job here of shooting this combat scene to make you feel like you were in the fights themselves. I appreciate the attention to detail during combat scenes like this. From actually taking shots (even though they don’t hurt them) or the double-tap (Zombieland style) to make sure the bad guy is dead. The film opened with a bang and I enjoyed it.

The writing did a good job of telling us the who/what/where/how of ‘The Old Guard’. They paid important attention to the little details that movies of this nature seem to leave out.

The second act of the film felt like it was missing something. The writing felt like it was missing something here. I never found myself disinterested in what was happening. I felt like they could have added another action scene within this area of the film.

Another thing I felt was lacking was the acting outside of Charlize. The team was good as a cohesive unit, but their acting was tough to watch at times. I think it quite possibly had a lot to do with being completely out of their league. I believe Chiwetel would have been better casted on the team.

As we head down our final stretch they did a great job with the twist and utilizing it. How often do you get mad when watching the big curveball and it’s done in that typical fashion. I liked the little small attention to detail here that set us up for the big finale.

The final action scene was set up so well and remarkably shot. Charlize just demands this presence throughout the film within her ass-kicking character. The throwback to one of the scenes from early on in the movie hit a home run for me as well.

The Verdict

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Old Guard is an action movie done right. It checks all the boxes that you want from this style of movie. We get a good story, kickass lead, and beautifully shot action. Theron just continues to be on par with being one of the best working actors in Hollywood.

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