REVIEW – GOING IN STYLE

If you’re looking for a movie that’ll make you laugh, make sure you watch Going in Style. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin are quite a dynamic trio. This tale has roots that can resonate with a great amount of people. About injustices in the system, the way society impacts you as you age. Again, this is a film that will have you laughing from start to finish.

The humour within includes both wit and at times, slapstick. The gents extend themselves, to really play on some ideas of aging and the restraints that come with it. Having grown up with my Grandparents and Great Aunts and Uncles around me, there were a great number of scenes that related to things I’ve seen. The part where Joe (Michael Caine) is trying to get up from the low positioned chair was one.

The story revolves around three pensioners, who have been swindled by their bank and former employers. The movie starts with Joe who witnesses a bank robbery, and then gets the idea that he too could rob his bank. He brings his two friends Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) on board and enlists the help of a somewhat professional, to work out the finer points of the robbery. In the meantime we have family growth, a love story and a health story that takes a serious turn.

It really is great to see the acting legends poke some fun at the idea of aging. Whilst yes you see a lot of negativity surrounding the idea, the film takes on the topic in a fun light-hearted way. A way, I feel that audiences can relate. The audience in my theatre seemed to respond in a positive way. With many belly laughing, I know for a fact some related to particular scenes. The family aspect present in the story really worked nicely. There wasn’t too much of it present, it was a lovely subplot. Joey King who stars as Joe’s granddaughter Brooklyn was a stand out for me. I love the way she interacted with the other characters and felt her performance was a lovely contribution to the film.

There were some issues when it came to pacing. There was a part earlier on in the film where I feel things could have moved faster. This particularly had to do with the dialogue. I would have liked to see more of the ‘robbery practice runs’ there was one earlier on, that featured Kenan Thompson as store manager Keith. That office scene was quite funny. It was a perfect example of the dialogue and scene moving at a great pace. It was also nice seeing Christopher Lloyd (Milton) add another element of humour to the film.

Another highlight for me, was the alibi scene, both in the establishing part of it and then the interrogation scene. Both were well done and quite effective when it came to storytelling and piecing the crux of the story together. Especially the latter. The detail within that scene is brilliantly constructed and woven together.

Then there were two twists in the end that had me at first thinking, ‘I knew it, but they tricked me. So technically I didn’t see it coming.’ Another twist that had me thinking, ‘NO!’ Having then realised the use of camera work and script was a great technique here.

Overall I think this was a great film, that lived up to my expectations and I can’t wait to take others to see it!

Rating: 3/5

☆☆☆

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