Going in Style (2017)

  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Zach Braff
  • Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin


A reboot of the 1979 movie that was directed by Martin Brest and featured George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. Three seniors, who are living social security check to check and even reduced to eating dog food at times, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob a bank…problem is, they don’t even know how to handle a gun! A social commentary on growing old in America and what we are sometimes driven to, due to circumstances.

2 reviews

  • Zach Braff has directed three movies. They are Garden State, Wish I Was Here, and Going in Style. “Style” (my latest review) is the best out of all of them. It’s not as complicated, it’s more commercial, and it’s not quite as pretentious. Oh and Braff isn’t in front of the camera this time. Now does that make Going in Style a better film overall? Not necessarily. This is completely different fodder from what Zach has helmed in the past. “Style” as a spring comedy slash crime mantra, just wants to have a good time.

    Better than old timer foil like The Bucket List and Last Vegas, Going in Style has Braff channeling his inner Jon Turteltaub (minus the technological gadgets). There’s the film score by Rob Simonsen that sounds like erratic spy music. There’s also the fast cut editing and split screen shots detailing “Style’s” pivotal bank robbery (and bank robbery planning). Lastly, there’s the whole, we-get-it-you’re-old plot element vested upon us. In jest, a lot of Going in Style feels like you’re watching a comedic National Treasure complete with AARP interludes. Zach Braff casts three legendary actors (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin) and with a breezily tone, makes them all seem likable.

    Distributed by Warner Bros. and shot around parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and summertime Manhattan, Going in Style is about three lifelong pals named Willie (Freeman), Joe (Caine), and Albert (Arkin). They are insolvent, over the age of 75, and have their pensions revoked after the company they worked for, becomes restructured. Their solution and inspiration: Pull off a bank heist of over a million dollars with the guys wearing Rat Pack masks and donning firearms with blanks (examples of the Rat Pack are Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Joey Bishop). Look for a test robbery featuring Freeman and Caine knocking off a lowly supermarket. Also, be on the lookout for a scene where the three senior citizens toke up on some potent ganja (you know, the urban definition for weed).

    All in all, “Style” despite a small twist, comes off as predictable, a little too happy happy, and altogether trivial. Yup, not much feels at stake. However, it’s jolly, entertaining, and chuckled in a PG-13 sort of way. “Style” is a remake of a 1979 film saddled with the same title. I’ve never seen that George Burns vehicle and I may never see it (unless I decide to order the Blu-ray on Amazon). No matter. This new version of Going in Style probably has a “style” all its own anyway. Oh and I almost forgot, watch for famed actors Matt Dillon, Ann Margret, and Christopher Lloyd in small, supporting roles. They add to “Style’s” lighthearted fun. Rating: 3 stars.

    Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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  • What in the world is funny in a movie if there aren’t any fart jokes or bad language or rude references to various body parts? What’s so funny? Life. In particular the lives of three older gentlemen who have had it up to here and set out to get their own back from the greedy, and younger, men who are trying to run things now without paying attention to who they hurt or how. I just read a column that said older people see more movies in movie theaters and it’s nice to see a movie that is geared for them. Going In Style is a situational comedy meaning the funny stuff comes from the story not from the wise cracks, stupid antics, and suggestive material but from the characters and the situations they find themselves in. Thus the name. It’s easier getting laughs by being a garbage mouth but with these three, or any one of them, the life they’re putting on film looks so real and you can identify with them, that the humor resonates and is not so easily forgotten.
    Theodore Melfi, the screenwriter, has done a very good job with Edward Cannon story. There are turns I never expected and turns I knew were going to happen but when they did it just wasn’t the way I thought it would be. And director Zach Braff keeps his cards close and doesn’t give anything away. These unexpected twists and turns made this movie fun from beginning to end. It’s also a great example of how to make a film comedy. Movie makers should be giving this film a good hard look.
    I would go see a movie with any one of these three great actors but all three is just fantastic. Morgan Freeman plays Willie with calm control but carries his secrets so the other two don’t find out. Michael Caine’s Joe is pushed into action but is able to see both sides of the results. Alan Arkin is irascible as Albert, playing him as if he’s mad at the world but the world still loves him. These three are believable because their interactions with each other are honest. That’s more than just the writing.
    Christopher Lloyd is hysterical as Milton, a man who isn’t always quite certain where he is or what he’s doing. Siobhan Fallon Hogan plays the waitress Mitzi and is great. I have in my life been a regular in places where there were Mitzis and her character is completely true to life. Ann-Margret, as Annie, is still very sexy and completely believable as an older woman. Matt Dillon plays the cop, Hamer, who knows who did what but can’t prove it. Hamer is going to catch the crooks but he also has a grudging respect for what they accomplished because he knows how hard it was to pull off and why they did it in the first place. To top it off, there’s Josh Pais playing a bank manager, Chuck Lofton, who is hysterically fed up with the people that are taking advantage of him.
    I really enjoyed Going In Style and give it 5 pies out of 5. I don’t know if twenty and thirty somethings are going to get it yet, but they will eventually if not right now

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