Director David Lowery changes tack with The Old Man And The Gun
MUCH NOISE HAS been made about the fact The Old Man And The Gun,a beguiling crime comedy about the ‘Over-the-hill Gang’, pensioners who rob banks politely, will be Robert Redford’s final film. Quite right, too. But one element shouldn’t be ignored: it is also director David Lowery’s latest effort. A filmmaker who has straddled both crowdpleasing Disney flicks (Pete’s Dragon) and weird arthouse experiments (A Ghost Story), Lowery has seized the opportunity to cut loose.
“The rule on this movie was to just have fun,” he says with a smile. “I’ve made lots of movies where everyone’s coming to work ready to do some serious drama and get the waterworks going, but on this movie we just wanted to smile every day. It was one of the most effortless productions I’ve had.”
This attitude, Lowery hopes, shines through on screen, in a film that bubbles with charm and warmth. It doesn’t do you any harm when you have screen legends such as Redford, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and blues icon Tom Waits selling that charm. Lowery still marvels that he assembled the cast he did, and at the tall tales they shared in between takes. (Lowery pinpoints Waits sharing “his recipe for pancakes” as a particular highlight.) Every day on set, Lowery recalls, involved “hanging out with a bunch of friends, watching legends do amazing things, and then going home looking at dailies that felt like a little piece of film history. It was just a joy.”
THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN