The directional universe of Gina Prince-Bythewood cast Netflix’s superhero film “The Old Guard” in her own stylistic image. The introspective characters get all up in their feelings and she invites you to climb in there with them.
The emotions and actions and the cinematography take to the world they have created. A scene of Andy (Charlize Theron) savoring a piece of baklava carries the same weight as a scene of her cleaving a foe with a gigantic battle-ax.
Andy is the eldest member of an elite band of people who appear to be immortal. In the of the movie, we see a flash-forward to their bullet-ridden bodies; a little later, we see them rising up fully healed after this slaughter, spitting out the bullets that have penetrated their faces as they mow down their opponents.
The scene is fantastic plus bizarre all at once. This squad of four is going to be joined by a fifth member named Nile (Kiki Layne), who is Marine stationed in Afghanistan whose slit throat suddenly heals itself. She is also occupied by the nightmares.
The Old Guard employs Prince-Bythewood’s penchant for grandiose, melodramatic gestures that shouldn’t work at all yet play out masterfully. The moment that occurs between Andy’s teammates Nicolo (Luca Marinelli) and Joe (Marwan Kenzari).
By virtue of their shared immortality, these men have been together for hundreds of years. They are lovers whose “Meet Cute” occurred when they were constantly killing each other during the Crusades.
The Old Guard has the benefit of not carrying the strict, fan-driven baggage of the Marvel and DC movies. As a result, it may not get the attention it deserves. But, this is an excellent example of what this type of film can be.