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Blu-ray Review: Going in Style

August 1, 2017

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

After finding out that their pensions have been frozen at the steel factory where they worked for years, and faced with more bills than they can pay, Joe Harding (Michael Caine), Willie Davis (Morgan Freeman) and Albert Garner (Alan Arkin) make the decision to turn to crime in their old age and rob the bank that is holding their money, to take back what is rightfully theirs.

Directed by Zach Braff, taking a break from quirky indies to make a midlevel studio film, and featuring a screenplay by Theodore Melfi that is loosely based on Martin Brest’s 1979 film of the same name, Going in Style is a solid little caper comedy that is fun to watch and gets the job done exactly as you want it to.

The three protagonists are all given relatable reasons for needing the money they are trying to steal, allowing the golden trio of Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin to let loose and carry the film with performances that are as solid as we can expect from actors of their calibre.  The film is rounded out by fine supporting roles for Joey King as Joe’s teenaged granddaughter who he needs to help support, John Ortiz as a pet shop owner who is helping with their heist, and Matt Dillon as the FBI agent on their trail.  Christopher Lloyd is also amusing in a brief role.

At a time when the working class are revolting against the systems that have screwed them over, Going in Style has just enough timely relevance to go along with the laughs, letting us cheer for its geriatric heroes turned bank robbers.  The result is a breezy and enjoyable film, that tells a fun story and offers a fine excuse to watch three great veteran actors having a blast on screen.

The Blu-ray also includes a commentary track with Zach Braff, as well as deleted scenes.

Going in Style is a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release.  It’s 96 minutes and rated 14A.

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