The Old Guard follows Theron’s immortal warrior who, along with three other mercenaries, has spent centuries protecting her freedom.
It’s directed by Gina Pryce-Bythewood, and while the film’s performances and fight scenes have received acclaim, many viewers are not convinced by the music cues.
Whenever a fight scene begins in the film, Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Hallorana’s score is sidelined in favour of a “cheesy” pop song.
These include Madelen Duke’s “Born Alone, Die Alone”, Blithe's ”Say Your Prayers” and Andrea Wasse x Phlotilla’s “Going Down Fighting”.
A large number of viewers felt the placement of the music was “cringeworthy”.
“I could’ve done better than whoever picked the music for The Old Guard,” one person wrote. “Like this is such a good movie why would you make these choices?”
“Whoever decided to maim The Old Guard with the music choices... pls get a different job...” another wrote.
One Netflix user enjoyed the film but said “the music selection was so bad it almost cancels out the fight sequences”.
Another agreed, stating that the music was the film’s “only problem”. They wrote: “Every song was a Spotify playlist algorithm song that made me feel like I [was watching] a bad show for teenagers.”
Find the best reactions below.
The Old Guard was good but oh my god the music selection was so bad it almost cancels out the fight sequences— Rivka Yeker (@rivkayeker)July 13, 2020
Really enjoyed The Old Guard. Weird music choices though.— Delilah Withers (@SanguineStorm)July 13, 2020
Old Guard was so much fun.
The music supervisors don’t need to be invited back, tho. 🥴— Sammy (@SamsterJr)July 13, 2020
The Old Guard could’ve been better. It’s the directing and casting and acting and choice of location and needless music. But I love it nonetheless.— Umar (@audacityof_umar)July 12, 2020
The Old Guard on Netflix was decent. Super good concept but not the best execution. Better writing, villain and no cheesy pop music for fights would help. Good action though. Good potential for a sequel.— Doug Kelly (@Doug_Kelly55)July 13, 2020
The film, based on Greg Rucka’s graphic novel of the same name, co-stars Kiki Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Read our review here.