Going in Style is so incredibly weak and predictable at the same time, that one can think it’s just a mockery. I have started from the image below, which doesn’t have a connection with this movie, and replaced Liam Neeson with Alan Arkin. What do we have then? A sort of a variation of a sort of a crime comedy with septuagenarians, like Stand Up Guys, where only Arkin is the common piece, and Al Pacino and Christopher Walken are replaced with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. All of them have distinguished voices and accents, one can rejoice on that. Unfortunately the movie has no other juice. Oh no, the Don Juan is again, Arkin. He’s the macho man here, too.
[source: Pinterest, and believe me that I try to find the original, but I couldn’t. It seems to be connected with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins]
Going in Style – Plot
Unlike Focus, this is a heist movie where the brigands are not villain, they are justified. They were robbed of their retirement funds because their former company was sold, and on top of that, Joe’s (Caine’s) family will be homeless in maximum 30 days (a bad loan, of course, and a greedy banker). Joe witnesses a robbery at the bank which is to take his daughter’s home and gets inspired. He convinces his pals to hold up that very bank for revenge.
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[source for this one and the next two: imdb.com]
Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor in Million Dollar Baby) is Willie Davis, a senior citizen with kidney failure. He also has some female family members with problems. Michael Caine, another Best Supporting Actor winner, is Joe Harding, the one of the three old pals with bad luck relatives and with the shape of a scope. He has a daughter and a niece who will lose their home if he’s not doing something. Alan Arkin is Albert Garner, the octogenarian macho who makes love three times every morning. He got an Oscar as well for Little Miss Sunshine. Matt Dillon is Special Agent Hamer, an FBI agent who investigates the robbery or robberies. John Ortiz is Jesus, a bank robber and dog nurturer, also a guide, a crime mentor at the same time. Ann-Margret is Annie, Albert’s love interest. Christopher Lloyd is Milton Kupchak, the guys’ senile buddy, very credible in his play. Kenan Thompson is very funny as Keith Schonfield (Jeez, what a joke), a store manager. The movie is directed by “Scrubs” hero, Zach Braff. The screenplay is written by Theodore Melfi, and is based on the 1979’s version of Going in Style, written and directed by Martin Brest.
The trailer features AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” 😃. Watching the movie one has a constant sickness provoked by the exaggerated positivism and all authorities’ dumbness.
Common Sense Advice
Don’t spend your money with this mockery, sorry to repeat myself. I haven’t noticed any variation, nothing to lift my spirit, nothing new, nothing unexpected, the same branded interpretation at all of them. Ann Margaret was old, that’s a difference, but her role is complementary. Like De Niro, or Pacino, Michael Caine doesn’t change anything to his mimics and cockney speech, Mr. Freeman is as eerie and cool as always, and Alan Arkin as blunt as in Argo or any other movie he played in the last ten years or so. Because of Oscars density, Going in Style costs $15,99 to watch on YouTube Movies.
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