Movie Review: Going in Style (2017)

Going Style is an endearing geriatric heist movie as long as you don’t expect anything past a typical wish fulfillment feel good story about three old gents sticking it to the man.

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong buddies risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

If you need another case of how far the Hollywood remake machinery has gone, Going in Style is probably one of the prime examples. Why? even a simple story about three old men is now being rebooted as the studios continue to keep it safe with tried and tested properties.

In fairness, this 2017 version has an updated story that reflects current events. Willie, Joe, and Albert lost their jobs as Semtech Steel outsources its factory operations to Vietnam. Adding insult to injury, the company uses their pension funds to pay for costs with the help of the trio’s long time bank.

This loose adaptation is lead by three well known old-timers Morgan Freeman, Micheal Caine, and Alan Arkin. The trio lends an endearing group dynamic to the story. The rest of the cast add other likeable characters especially Christopher Lloyd who steals every scene he’s in.

The result is a geriatric heist movie that balances action and comedy with enough touching moments. It’s filled with easy humor and simple storytelling elements for the elderly. You can predict the plot twists and see the jokes coming, but they’re still entertaining thanks to the cast.

The three leads are just playing themselves but each have their own kind of humor. Caine as the everyman who stands up for what is right but not without a little mischief, Freeman who takes funny jabs at the expense of other people, and Arkin as the sarcastic grumpy old man. In one sequence, the trio does a trial run at the supermarket with very silly but funny results.

While this modern adaptation does its own spin on the 1979 original, its still a Hollywoodized remake for baby boomers who feel left out with all the reboots catered to millennials.

It replaces a bittersweet story about three old men coming to terms with the end of their lives with a predictable wish fulfillment caper filled with stereotypical characters including the local POC gangster, the low-key sassy kid, and the feisty woman next door. If you’re saving your money for this year’s anticipated movies, you can skip this typical feel good story at the cinema, wait for it in Netflix or cable and you won’t miss a thing.

Nonetheless, Going in Style does what it’s supposed to do – a light hearted movie with a relevant modern twist that your grandparents will appreciate.

My Rating: 5/10

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