Going in Style movie
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy Going in Style. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Going in Style review
You are older than you ever were before. Now you are older than you ever were before. Now you are officially older than you ever were before. Day by day, minutes pass by, and we all fear the approaching retirement age, when we face unimaginable health problems to remind us of our vulnerability. We begin to question, “Where did our lives go?”
Going in Style explores the feeling of seniority when the past only looks like a presentation of lost opportunities. Although here, it seems like getting old means time to ignore authority and commit thievery. So nothing can possibly go wrong, right?
Three old men drive director Zach Braff’s buddy movie, all of them Academy Award winning actors. One of them, portrayed by Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Sleuth) lives with his daughter and granddaughter, which adds to the pressure of his overdrawn checking account. Another one of them, portrayed by Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption), lives with his longtime roommate, and refuses to make public his desperation for a kidney transplant. The longtime roommate, portrayed by Alan Arkin (Argo, Little Miss Sunshine), has had it with his living as a music instructor, and fights the urge to start a romance with a convenience store clerk who can’t stop flirting with him.
All in all, these three senior citizens will waste no more time, and their leader (Caine) decides to rob a bank after experiencing a robbery first-hand. He understands his desire to stop living mundanely, and takes action to ensure a satisfying retirement.
First they try to shoplift a convenience store, which is actually quite a hoot to watch. Alas, their first baby step fails pretty miserably. Some extra preplanning is needed by an experienced professional, who coincidentally happens to be a Mexican named Jesus. Yes, I know: “Wow. A professional Mexican terrorist in New York City—exactly what our country could benefit from!” Seriously, such a casting decision in light of recent events is morally irresponsible.
Anyways, on they go into a month-long setup for the big day, a situation open to numerous narrative possibilities worth over four minutes of montage, even though it winds up doing just that. Too bad for us, as their plan deserves a much deeper exploration into the meticulous detail; but what we are shown still looks well thought out against the unkind legal system. While the police force’s functionality may defy believability here and there, you’ll overall buy into their wild adventure against the law.
Then the mission’s stakes continue to get higher as they don “Rat Pack” costumes at the official heist. Awesomeness lands in these three old men’s endeavors of the little time they have left, especially when considering the individual conflicts each of them faces. Yet when the whole scene finally comes up, it does not last as long as desired.
Thankfully though, the attempted bond between the three leads should guarantee an impact, both with one another and their outside families. I say “attempted” because none of the performances by any of the cast delivers any genuine sorrow for the quiet moments. All players here fall along the lines of poor, below average, or somewhere in the middle. Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) gives the only good performance as the old loon who runs the men’s elderly community, even though his dialogue suggests nothing beyond weak comic relief.
You may by now see Going in Style as a mere Redbox rental worth a one-time watch, and only if you’re a man over middle age seeking a unique perspective of growing old. Well I can certainly attest your assumption—this type of entertainment probably would work better if aired straight to TV. You can expect a slightly satisfying taste, just don’t expect to remember any of it a week later.
Going in Style wiki
Going in Style is a 2017 American heist comedy film produced by Donald De Line and directed by Zach Braff and written by Theodore Melfi. A remake of the 1979 film of the same name, it stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Joey King, Matt Dillon and Ann-Margret, and follows a trio of retirees who plan to rob a bank after their pensions are cancelled.
The film premiered at the SVA Theatre on March 30, 2017 and was released in the United States on April 7, 2017.
Joe, Willie and Al are senior citizens and lifelong friends. When the company they worked for is bought out, their pensions become a casualty of the restructuring. Joe is hit particularly hard and finds out that he and his daughter and granddaughter will be homeless in less then thirty days. Al finds out he is gravely ill from kidney failure and needs a transplant. Desperate, the three friends decide to rob the bank that holds their pension funds and take back what is rightfully theirs. Joe originates the idea, at first all and Willie are appalled but eventually agree. Trying to shoplift some items from a grocery store results in a comic disaster and the trio turn to a criminal named Jesus to teach them the ropes. The robbery goes according to plan and the three have a happy ending together.
- Morgan Freeman as Willie
- Michael Caine as Joe Harding
- Alan Arkin as Albert
- Joey King as Brooklyn, Joe’s whip-smart granddaughter.
- Matt Dillon as Special Agent Hamer, an FBI agent who investigates bank robberies.
- Ann-Margret as Annie, Albert’s love interest.
- Christopher Lloyd as Milton, the guys’ lodge buddy.
- Kenan Thompson as Keith, a grocery store manager.
- Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Mitzi
- John Ortiz as Jesus, a man of unspecified credentials who agrees to show the guys the ropes.
- Peter Serafinowicz as Murphy, Joe’s former son-in-law