776. Going in Style

Title: Going in Style
Director: Zach Braff
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 36m

“Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.”

Live blog

1:38 – Grumpy Michael Caine is awesome.
5:25 – “You’re just an account number.”
9:20 – Doc Brown!! I really need more warning about his cameos.
12:27 – “No pie?” The incredulousness! The boys like their pie.
14:13 – Now, if these three were on Gogglebox, I reckon I’d watch it!
18:02 – Learning a new instrument is so painful.
20:43 – “Another day, another A.”
22:21 – There’s no good way of introducing bank robbing into a conversation.
25:46 – Pie goals.
34:35 – Love the whole shop sequence. Hilarious.
40:29 – “I’m too old for grudges.” “That never stopped you.”
41:22 – Love describing someone as complicated. “You’re complicated today.”
47:49 – Tortoise!
58:26 – “It’s been a real hell of a time planning a heist with you.”
1:03:58 – When people say the hard part is over, it almost never is.
1:12:12 – It didn’t feel like they managed to get that much money. How much do they keep at the teller stations?
1:22:21 – Teaching the kids smug faces from an early age.
1:26:33 – Doc Brown does such good eyes.
1:28:32 – “He’s your problem now.”

Conclusions

This was a lovely film to watch, particularly after the horrors of Kong, it was a nice feel-good film with a relaxing feel to it. I’m not sure the story itself was particularly strong, but it was held up by the wonderful presence of Caine and Freeman, with Arkin shoring up the trio. It was funny in places, but not hugely comedic, it was more a drama than anything, and there were plenty of sentimental and family moments to give you all the feels.

Good film, not groundbreaking, but certainly worth watching for the star presence.

Rating: 3/5.

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