Going in Style

ho00003108After witnessing a bank robbery and finding himself in financial straits due to soulless corporations, Joe (Michael Caine) persuades his pals Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) that they should rob a bank.

On paper, this film felt like it was going to be just as soulless as those corporations that leave Joe considering his options. It is a remake of a 1979 film, it has Zach Braff, known for his indie filmmaking as a director for hire, features a fairly standard set up with old guys waiting to check out, corporations behaving badly and therefore justifying the crime and criminals who are downright nice guys. But what it does have is a heart, laugh out loud moments and not an ounce of flab on the story that makes it absolutely endearing.

Running in at 96 minutes, we are not hit over the head with a hammer of moralising and we are treated to some very funny moments. Alan Arkin teaching a saxophone lesson was probably my stand out moment. No one does irascible old coot like that man!

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