Veter­ans charm in heist movie

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Go­ing in Style, with Michael Caine, Mor­gan Free­man, Alan Arkin and Ann-Mar­gret. Di­rected by Zach Braff. 4/5 A FUN heist movie fea­tur­ing an as­sort­ment of re­spected vet­eran ac­tors, rung bells be­cause it was very sim­i­lar to

an­other re­cent Mor­gan Free­man movie with a trio of un­likely robbers. It turns out

is also a re­boot of a 1979 movie di­rected by Martin Brest, fea­tur­ing the leg­endary Ge­orge Burns, Art Car­ney and Lee Stras­berg.

Three se­nior ci­ti­zens and life­long friends get dealt a dou­ble blow when the fac­tory they have worked at for most of their lives closes down, and then they lose their pen­sions through cor­po­rate re­struc­tur­ing.

It is a par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble time for Joe (Michael Caine), who has let his daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter Brook­lyn move back in with him so they can af­ford to send Brook­lyn to a good school.

While Joe is hav­ing a fruit­less con­ver­sa­tion with his bank man­ager over a fore­clo­sure no­tice, three masked robbers burst in, fire shots and or­der the cashiers to fill their suit­cases with money, get­ting away with more than a mil­lion dol­lars.

It’s a tense scene, but with an el­e­ment of hu­mour, as one of the robbers sym­pa­thises with Joe’s treat­ment by his bank. The ob­ser­vant Joe notices the rob­ber has a large Mon­go­lian war­rior tattoo on his neck, giv­ing de­tec­tives their only lead.

Wil­lie (Free­man) has been hav­ing dial­y­sis for his ail­ing kid­neys, but has been keep­ing it se­cret from his friends. He has been shar­ing an apart­ment with Al­bert (Alan Arkin) for many years. Al­bert has a love in­ter­est at his lo­cal gro­cery store, An­nie (Ann-Mar­gret), but has been evad­ing her ad­vances be­cause he is em­bar­rassed by his liv­ing sit­u­a­tion.

Faced with im­pend­ing poverty, Joe is in­spired to rob the same bank that had no mercy about his fore­clo­sure.

Wil­lie is more eas­ily per­suaded than the caus­tic Al­bert, but when it turns out the same bank han­dled their pen­sions, Al­bert joins the cause.

Their hare-brained re­hearsal for rob­bing the bank in­volves shoplift­ing at the lo­cal gro­cery store, but it goes hi­lar­i­ously badly.

So they seek help from a pro­fes­sional, a pet store owner named Jesus, who has the ex­pert ad­vice they need.

It’s im­plau­si­ble they can get away with the rob­bery, but it all adds to the hu­mour of the story. Matt Dil­lon puts in a good turn as a de­ter­mined de­tec­tive.

It was nice to see Ann-Mar­gret on the big screen again, still look­ing great at 76.

The movie will ap­peal to the older gen­er­a­tion, but there was some young peo­ple in the au­di­ence who also thor­oughly en­joyed it.

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