So, just a heads up. This specific review was originally written at a time when I didn’t count on falling behind on reviews, so my solution was to cram them into a single post. However, I hated the way they turned out, so now I’m putting them into their own reviews. In short, this review is going to be crazy short. With that said, let’s carry on.

Cast: Michael Caine (SHERLOCK GNOMES [2018], NOW YOU SEE ME 2 [2016], WITCH HUNTER [2015], STONEHEARST [2014], and the upcoming KING OF THIEVES [2019]), Alan Arkin (GET SMART [2008], AMERICAN SWEETHEARTS [2001], and upcoming films DUMBO [2019] and WONDERLAND [2019]), Morgan Freeman (NUTCRACKER [2018], BEN-HUR [2017], TED 2 [2015], THE LEGO MOVIE [2014], OLYMPUS AS FALLEN [2013], THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION [1994], and the upcoming ANGEL HAS FALLEN [2019] and THE POISON ROSE [2019]), Joey King (SLENDER MAN [2018], WISH UPON [2017], INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 [2016], and THE CONJURING [2013]), and Matt Dillon (HEAD FULL OF HONEY [2018] and ROCK DOG [2017])

Director: Zach Braff (GARDEN STATE [2004] and some episodes of TV show SCRUBS)
Writer: Theodore Melfi (HIDDEN FIGURES [2016])
Composer: Rob Simonsen (GIFTED [2017])
Cinematographer: Rodney Charters (TV shows THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, DALLAS, and 24)

This is my honest opinion of: GOING IN STYLE

 

(SUMMARY)

Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman), and Albert (Alan Arkin) are all retirees who depend on their pension funds to live comfortably. However, the company they worked for got bought out and those pensions got taken away by the bank. The three men, eager to get their money back for the sake of their families and health, plot to rob that same bank.

(REVIEW)

It’s funny and likable, so I really enjoyed myself.

Granted the movie doesn’t do anything particularly new. The story hits all the beats that a story like this would go for and doesn’t do anything particularly fresh or new. But ultimately, I would think that most people aren’t seeing it for anything ground-breaking, but just to see these great and timeless actors playing a young-man’s game and getting themselves into some wacky situations. But I think what elevates it above mediocre is that there is a lot of heart to the story. You see a genuine, fun connection between Joe and his granddaughter Brooklyn (Joey King), the weight of Willie wanting to see more of his family, especially when his two friends get him a watch with his granddaughter’s face on it. That was pretty awesome of them. And Arkin is hilarious as he tries to fight off advances from a borderline-crazy woman, Annie (Ann-Margret), who likes him. Some funny visuals, and probably one of the most intense and satisfying endings I’ve seen in a bit, I think it’s worth seeing in theaters.

My honest rating for GOING IN STYLE: 4/5

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