Three seniors, who have been wronged by the company they worked for thirty years and are living social security check to check, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob the bank that is taking their pension money. Joe Harding (Sir Michael Caine), a man who lives with his daughter and granddaughter, who which he has a strong relationship with is having troubles with his mortgage. Willy Davis (Morgan Freeman), lives very far away from the only family he has but needs desperate kidney surgery. Albert Gardner (Alan Arkin), a grumpy old man who a long time ago used to play the saxophone and is constantly flirting with the grandmother of his student. The problem is, they don't even know how to handle a gun.Written by
Joe and his crew supposedly steal more than $2 million dollars without going into the bank vault. There is no way a bank would keep that kind of money in the tellers' cash drawers at one time. See more »
The new film, GOING IN STYLE, is the equivalent of eating a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon - very familiar, very welcome and very comforting. It's not going to win any Academy Awards or change the course of movie history, but this film delivers - competently and professionally - what it promises to deliver with no fuss and no muss.
Starring film veterans Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, GOING IN STYLE tells the story of how these three are pressed against the wall, financially, and their last resort is to rob a bank to get the money they need.
And...it's fun...not hilarious...not groundbreaking, but fun. Caine, Freeman and Arkin believably play 3 long time friends who are nearing the end. There is a comfort there with each other and it was pleasant to spend time with them. Joining them was the one and only Ann- Margret and the always fun Christopher Lloyd (in, hands down, the best performance and most interesting character in the film).
Notice, I've used the words comforting, pleasant and pleasing. I did NOT use the words groundbreaking, hilarious or epic. I certainly enjoyed myself and am glad I saw it.
And you will too, whether you see this film in the movie theater or run across it as you are lying on the couch some rainy Sunday afternoon.
Letter Grade: a solid "B"
7 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (of Marquis)
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