Going in Style (2017) Review

4.5/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Zach Braff

96 mins

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Joey King, Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd, Ann-Margret.

A hilarious, fun and extremely clever remake of the 1979 film, Going in Style (2017) is a must-see buddy movie involving some unlikely criminals.

Joe Harding (Michael Caine), Willie Davis (Morgan Freeman) and Albert Garner (Alan Arkin) are senior citizens and lifelong friends, whose pensions have recently been dissolved as part of a corporate restructure. During an appointment at the bank, Joe, who risks losing his family home, is involved in and witnesses a bank robbery. Vowing revenge on their former employers and the bank, Joe takes inspiration from the robbery he witnessed and decides to steal back what him and his friends are owed, planning his own heist.

Opening with humour, drama and action, the first ten minutes are intriguing and entertaining in itself and it only gets better from there. After agreeing to go along with Joe’s plan, the three friends practice with a trial run at Value Town in a hilarious robbery attempt and capture scene.

Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman have already proved themselves to be an unstoppable double act while adding Alan Arkin to the mix makes the film an unmissable one. Ann-Margret and Christopher Lloyd also shine as Albert’s love interest and a social-club eccentric respectively and the supporting cast is completed with Kenan Thompson who plays the Value Town manager, John Ortiz – the ‘thug’ who advises and trains them in an amusing preparation montage, and Matt Dillon as the FBI agent on the robbery cases. However these supporting characters are completely underutilized. The leading and supporting casts are hugely charismatic and charming though, with clear, natural chemistry between them.

Not your typical heist film, Going in Style (2017) is a well-made, feel-good, slick, smart and funny movie with an exceptional cast.

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