Going in Style
Based on the 1979 film of the same name, the comedy crime film, Going in Style has three old men robbing a bank. Three friends, Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) worked for the local steel plant for years and retired together. All three men are dealing with major issues. Joe’s daughter and granddaughter, Brooklyn (Joey King) live with him and he just received an eviction notice from the bank that he has 30 days to get out. Willie and Albert are roommates, but Willie hasn’t told anyone that he is on dialysis and needs a kidney transplant. Albert is growing tired of giving music lessons to kids while trying to dodge the advances of the local convenient store clerk, Annie (Ann-Margret). The three old timers come to their breaking point when their pensions are frozen and they decide to rob the bank they all use. Not knowing anything about robbing a bank, they offer 25 percent of the heist to a small time crook named Jesus (John Ortiz) if he’ll help them with the plans. He has them steal from a local grocery store for practice. (These are the funniest scenes in the movie.) When they finally hit the bank an FBI agent named Hamer (Matt Dillon) suspects them and is hot on their trail, luckily, they receive some unintended help from another old guy named Milton (Christopher Lloyd). Okay let’s get the negative out of the way by saying this film is predictable and has nothing original. Although it doesn’t matter because it’s one of those movies that will have the audience laughing and leaving the theater with a smile. It closely resembles the 1979 film starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg that shows the everyday problems for the elderly. Of course, there is solid acting by three legends and the rest of the cast. Besides the great soundtrack the best things are what’s missing: crude humor and raunchy jokes. Aging baby boomers will love this film and I thoroughly enjoyed it and am giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.