It seems like the last few weeks, HBO has been kind of lackluster when it comes to the movies for me. This is only because I rented most of the movies and have already seen them without the desire to see them again for my Saturday movie. Anyway, this past week they finally had something that I was interested in watching, so let’s see if it was actually worth it.
Going in Style is about these three life long friends / co-workers who worked at a local steel mill. You have the lifelong bachelor Albert, played by Alan Arkin, Willie, who’s hiding that he has a failing kidney problem to his friends, played by Morgan Freeman, and Joe who is trying to help out his daughter and granddaughter by having them come live with him, played by Michael Caine. Everything is going as good as it can for these guys that is until their pension fund is cut off by the steel mill. Without their pension, they basically can’t live because they have no money coming in. After dedicating 30 years of their live to this company only to have it deny them of their benefits they decide to rob the bank that’s helping the steel mill rob them of their pension. Will they be able to pull off this bank heist of will they get caught and spend their last years in prison?
I have to say that I really enjoyed this movie. It was one of those movies that you could just sit back and get lost in for an hour and a half. I liked the whole plot of it and the funny antics that the guys go through as they try to plan this heist. Wanting to start off small, they start with a local super market and it goes horribly wrong and this has to be one of the funniest scenes in the whole movie. After that they basically plan out their heist. It was a fun and easy watch that wasn’t too short and wasn’t too long.
I don’t think they could have picked a more perfect cast for this movie because Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine just worked perfectly together. You could really believe that these three guys were lifelong friends who worked together and were all getting screwed together so they decide to do something about it. The on-screen chemistry was great and there were also some really great little roles thrown in the movie for good measure by Christopher Lloyd and Anne Margret. One of the main reasons why this movie worked was because of the cast.
Overall I give this movie a 4 out of 5.
This was a great kick back and relax type of movies as you get to see some of acting’s great actors team up for one movie that’s about taking back what belongs to them because they’re tired of being screwed over. I would recommend this movie for the star power alone, but also if you want a light hearted comedy that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy by the end of the movie.