“Going in Style”
Release Date: April 7, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, language and some suggestive material)
Director Zach Braff (“Wish I Was Here,” “Garden State”) brings us an updated remake of the 1979 film featuring three old-timers plotting to rob a bank to regain their pension earnings.
This version stars three very likable actors (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin) who portray equally likable characters.
In the hands of Braff and screenwriter Ted Melfi (“Hidden Figures”), “Going in Style” plays as part heist film, part buddy movie. That’s not a bad thing. But this film is lacking something that I cannot quite put my finger on.
A solid cast, talented writer, and capable director usually add up to a successful motion picture venture. But “Going in Style” simply lacks — style. I kept thinking this would have been better suited as a television network Movie of the Week back in the 1970s and ‘80s when such programming was commonplace.
Don’t get me wrong: the film has its moments, and I can think of worst ways of spending time and entertainment dollars. But there are many better options, as well.
It is, however, good to enjoy the teaming of Caine, Freeman, and Arkin, especially in a caper comedy. The film resolves nicely, so you won’t feel like you’ve been robbed at the box office.