Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin star in this crime-comedy directed by Scrub’s actor Zach Braff. Three elderly friends each have their pensions cut and find themselves in financial difficulty. With little to lose, they decide that robbing their own bank would be a suitable resolution to all their problems, therefore the unlikely criminals proceed to carry out the heist.
All humour in this film is based around the single idea of “wouldn’t it be funny if old people robbed a bank?” which is mildly amusing to start with but grows tiresome and cringe-worthy very quickly. The ‘old people swearing and acting silly’ joke is well and truly milked.
Director Zach Braff, largely known for his role as J.D in Scrubs, is renowned for his witty sense of humour, which he can then transform into very moving, profound pieces of work. Unfortunately, this has not been conveyed in this movie. ‘Going in Style’ had the potential to become quite the tear-jerker, which would have cut through the underwhelming comedy, however hints towards an emotional climax are soon brushed aside.
You can’t help but feel disappointed and embarrassed to see such established actors stooping so low to make a quick buck. You feel bewildered as you see Morgan Freeman (Academy Award Winner), sitting in the basket of a mobility scooter being used as a getaway car, it’s a cheap laugh.
Going in Style is an entertaining watch, but for all the wrong reasons. Okay, so I may have been a bit harsh about this movie; if you enjoy seeing some of Hollywood’s finest act the fool, then this might be the one for you. It is inoffensive, easy watching, perhaps a Saturday afternoon film with Nan.
Going In Style is in cinemas April 7th.
First published in Marketplace Magazine, Bourne.