It turns out that they really do make ‘em like they used to. Going In Style is an old-fashioned comedy crime caper that ticks all the right entertainment boxes for what you look for in a picture like this. The oscar-winning cast is the main reason Zach Braff’s comedy heist works, but-the film has enough chuckles and easy thrills to keep you hooked throughout. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin play retirees forced to pull-off a heist to save their pension plans. It’s a romp – but if you’re going to go on a ride like this one, then you might as well do it in style.
Does this remake of Martin Brest’s 1979 caper offer anything new? No, it doesn’t – but it’s a relaxing film which obviously hit a cord with audiences, grossing a substantial $45 million in the US (more than Guy Richie’s King Arthur) and $84 million globally. There’s fun to be had with this light-hearted pic and sometimes that’s all you need. In a time of CGI excess, movies like this are a welcome breath of fresh air. It’s one of many recent movies featuring an older cast which has scored some serious cash at the box office.
The trio of Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin deliver in the way that you would hope and expect, but it’s also nice to see Matt Dillon, Ann-Margaret and Chrisptoher Lloyd coming along for the ride. Former Scrubs star and Garden State helmer Zach Braff directs with a deft touch and he keeps things unfussy, letting the actors do the work. It’s not visually impressive but the performances are fun. Speaking of the cast – do Caine and Freeman now come in a 2 for 1 deal? I don’t how how many movies this pair of Oscar-winning legends have made together over the last few years.
Movies like Going In Style are becoming something of a rarity and it’s good to see them when they hit screens. Freeman, Caine and Arkin make great company for those wanting to go on a fun adventure for ninety minutes or so and they know how to sell the material. It’s never going to win any awards for the three screen legends but it’s fun to relax and enjoy their company and easy charm.
Zach Braff offers up a solid yak-track – but a commentary with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin would have been nice! That’s probably a bit too much to ask for though.