Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Robert Redford (PETE’S DRAGON  and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER ), Casey Affleck (GHOST STORY , TRIPLE 9 , PARANORMAN , and the upcoming LIGHT OF MY LIFE ), and Sissy Spacek (THE RING TWO  and CARRIE ).
In support, we have Tika Sumpter (SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU , RIDE ALONG , and upcoming films NOBODY’S FOOL  and AN ACCEPTABLE LOSS ), Danny Glover (SORRY TO BOTHER YOU , MONSTER TRUCKS , ALMOST CHRISTMAS , and upcoming films CHRISTMAS BREAK-IN  and KILLING WINSTON JONES ), Tom Waits (SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS , MYSTERY MEN , and the upcoming THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS ), Elizabeth Moss (THE SEAGULL , and upcoming films LIGHT OF MY LIFE  and US ), and John David Washington (MONSTERS AND MEN  and BLACKKKLANSMAN ).
Now for the crew. Writing and directing, we have David Lowery, known GHOST STORY and PETE’S DRAGON. Composing the score is Daniel Hart, known for GHOST STORY and PETE’S DRAGON. The cinematographer is Joe Anderson, known for DON’T THINK TWICE (2016). Finally, the editor is Lisa Zeno Churgin, known for PETE’S DRAGON and PITCH PERFECT (2012).
This is my honest opinion of: THE OLD MAN & THE GUN
Set in 1981. Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) is a career bank robber, with the comically named “Over the Hill Gang,” and has a fine reputation for being a rather polite and nice person. After his latest job and escaping the police, he happens upon a woman named Jewel (Sissy Spacek) with truck problems and avoids the police. Though he lies about his lifestyle and name, he and Jewel strike up a relationship all the while the police, led by Officer John Hunt (Casey Affleck).
Man, they sure don’t make charming movies like this anymore. I had an absolute blast with this movie.
Let’s get this out of the way and talk about the man of the hour: Redford. Somehow, it seems absolutely hilarious that his swan song would be this movie. It’s like the makers were like, “Hey man, your final movie, what would you want to do?” and he’s all like, “Just a bank robber who makes out with Sissy Spacek.” I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised. But you know what? It freakin’ works like a charm. Speaking of charm, that’s what this movie is marinated in. I love everyone in this movie, but Redford and Spacek absolutely steal the show for me. Somehow, I feel like every comment that Forrest made to Jewel, Spacek was never acting charmed or humored. I’ll bet a month of sobriety that he legit made her smile and laugh. Hell, I was smiling and laughing. Redford didn’t even always need to share the screen with Spacek for me to smile and laugh, Redford was just that fun. One of the more memorable scenes was when Forrest and Jewel are at the local mall shopping in a jewelry store and she’s trying on a bangle or bracelet, and he tries to low-key walk out stealing it. While it looks like she’s enjoying the thrill of it and he’s all nonchalant about it, she stops and forces him to walk back with her to play like she accidentally walked out with it, and made him pay for it. Seriously, they are way too cute together.
There’s also fun little ideas, like Forrest’s earpiece is used to pick up silent alarms and even police scanners at close ranges. That was fun. I question the validity of the technology at the time that did that, but it was still pretty fun. Also, is it just me or was this movie filmed on an eighties or nineties camera? There’s a graininess to the picture that could just have been the movie projector screwing up, but I want to believe that this movie was made with older cameras.
I think the closest thing to a problem that I have, and it’s not even that big a deal given how good the rest of the film is, but I’m pretty sure learning that Forrest had a daughter, played by Elizabeth Moss, from his previous marriage from decades ago that he never knew about. She’s only in one scene and is never even so much as referenced again. It’s not like there’s a scene where the two meet, as per her request, she says that she doesn’t want to, so I’m just like… well, this went nowhere. I mean, fun scene, Moss is always a welcomed talent, but speaking on a narrative standpoint, it’s pretty pointless. Still, as pointless scenes go, I enjoy that it exists.
Overall, Redford’s swan song is damn near perfect and even my one little gripe isn’t enough to deter me from loving this movie. No, it’s not especially funny or emotionally charged, but it’s still an incredibly likable film. As a recommendation, I say this is a must-see, especially if you’re a fan of Redford. He’d definitely at his best here.
My honest rating for THE OLD MAN & THE GUN: 5/5
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