Film: Going in Style
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, Ann-Margret, Matt Dillon, John Ortiz
Director: Zach Braff
Three acclaimed Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine star in this droll remake of Martin Brest’s comic caper, “Going in Style,” which featured George Burns, Art Carney, and legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg whose school has had A-listers from the Woods of Holly and Bolly as alumni (Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Ranbir Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh).
In the 1979 film, three lonely senior citizens decide to rob a bank because they have nothing better to do. In this new heart-warming version, directed by Zach Braff and written for the screen by Theodore Melfi, the thieving trio thinks the loot is theirs. After all, they’ve been cheated out of their pensions despite toiling for centuries.
Michael Caine is old Joe, who enjoys sneaking a smoke and a peg and cuss words with his best buddies, bachelor boy Albert (Alan Arkin) and ailing Willie (Morgan Freeman). Retirees they might be, but they aren’t doddering old fools, nosireee. With bills looming (mortgage! health!) food dwindling, the trio refuses to go gentle into that good night, but rage, rage against the cheating company. And do stuff in style. That said, let me add: The means must always justify the ends. What’s the name of that film where I saw oldie goldies having a blast in Las Vegas? This trinity is so full of perseverance and charm, you end up rooting for them.