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Movie Addict: Stop me if you know this one: Three guys walk into a bank…

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When their retirement plans become a corporate casualty, lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to rob the very bank that absconded with their money.
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Don’t get mad; get even. Or something, right? That’s how the saying goes?

But, truth be told… to want to get even, one must first get mad. And the three fellas at the heart of this new comedic crime caper are exactly that.

“Going in Style” is a remake of sorts of the 1979 movie of the same name, which I didn’t even know existed. As such, I have not seen it and can neither compare nor contrast.

Shrug.

But this updated version, directed by Zach “Scrubs” Braff, is chock full of Oscar winners, starring Morgan Freeman (supporting actor, “Million Dollar Baby”), Sir Michael Caine (supporting actor, “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “The Cider House Rules”), and Alan Arkin (supporting actor, “Little Miss Sunshine”) as three retired long-time friends who get sinfully jerked around — so they decide to stick it to the man.

What has these fellas so upset?

Well, for starters, Joe (Caine) gets a foreclosure notice that will leave him, his daughter (Maria Dizzia) and his granddaughter (Joey King) without a place to live. But the squirrelly scoundrel at Williamsburg Savings Bank tells him not to worry: “You’re on the yellow notice; the red one is (enunciating)more weighty.”

Gee, that’s a relief.

The bank then is robbed by a trio of extremely capable fellas dressed in suits and wearing masks.

They make it look easy, but Special Agent Hamer (Matt Dillon — where has he been?) warns that criminals “always make one stupid mistake that ends up screwing up the whole plan.”

Joe watches the entire robbery, and it sort of plants the seed for a solution to his financial woes — a solution that takes a few days for Joe to fully realize and consider, but it makes its point nonetheless.

But first these guys find out that the steel company for which they worked for decades… is dissolving its pension fund.

As a result, “We’re (bleep) broke,” Albert (Arkin) announces.

And that red notice Joe was warned about at the bank? Yeah, it shows up at his door. “(Bleep)holes,” he mutters. He’s not wrong.

That’s the final straw.

“I think I may rob a bank,” Joe quietly tells Albert and Willie (Freeman). “They’re taking my house; I’ve got 30 days. These banks practically destroyed this country… and nothing ever happened to them.”

What have they got to lose? Not much. “If we get caught,” Joe insists, “we get a bed, three meals, and better healthcare than we got right now.”

But after a hilarious yet failed attempt at simple shoplifting, these amateurs realize they’ll need some guidance, and for that they turn to pet store owner and marijuana dealer Jesus (John Ortiz, so funny).

“You Five-O?” he suspiciously asks, to which Joe replies, “We’re practically 8-0.”

This is one of those movies where you root for the bad guys — err, (air quotes) “bad guys,” because truly these criminals are far from felonious. They’re just trying to get back what’s rightfully theirs.

And to be fair, their plan isn’t without principles: “We only take what’s in the pension.”

The visuals get exponentially cooler the more these guys step up their collective game.

The transitional wipes and split screens and superimposed graphics keep us informed of the plan and the time elements and the intricacies as Joe and Willie and Albert hone their skills. It all looks and feels so… heisty.

They’ll need a getaway vehicle and an alibi and supplies; they’ll need to learn to shoot a gun; they need to look out for “dye packs and tracing devices.”

It’s all quick and detailed, and the images slide across the screen in continuous motion to help build anticipation toward this impractical but necessary mission.

And it’s funny because crime clearly is not their thing. Neither is technology. Or weapons.

Will they go through with it? Will they get caught? I can tell you this much: There’s a moment or two that’ll have you gasping in uncertainty.

Freeman and Caine and Arkin are charming and natural, and they’re so much fun to watch together.

Their camaraderie is undeniable. The banter, looks and fluid comebacks between them makes it feel like they truly have been best friends for 30 years — the very kind who would hold up a bank together.

And we benefit from their indignation.

Arkin’s character is a little more curmudgeonly and surprisingly more reluctant than the others — regarding just about everything, but it’s totally fine; there’s always that guy, and he’s usually the one who’s accidentally funny.

And just because these guys are older doesn’t mean they don’t have a trick or two up their sleeves.

I didn’t split my gut or anything, but I laughed quite a bit, smiled a lot and was fully entertained throughout. Hell, I even was impressed with a little piece of this story that I hadn’t anticipated; there are some moments that will answer a question or two — with a wink and a nod.

Sly. Very sly.

“Going in Style” is a lighthearted comedy that’s meant to draw us in and satisfy. It does that.

It’s also smart. It’s cagey. And despite the age of its stars — or maybe because of that — the movie is very lively and is sure to steal some chuckles.

This is the opinion of news assistant and Movie Addict Melissa King. Follow her on Twitter @stcmovieaddict or email her at meking@stcloudtimes.com. Read more of her columns at www.sctimes.com/mking.

Article source: http://www.sctimes.com/story/entertainment/movies/2017/04/28/movie-addict-stop-me-if-you-know-one-three-guys-walk-into-bank/101022184/

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