Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Comedy, Going in Style, Guardians of the Galaxy, Kenan Thompson, Maria Dizzia, Matt Dillon, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Orange Is The New Black, Peter Serafinowicz, Scrubs, Zach Braff
After witnessing a bank robbery – and facing losing his house due to his pension being stopped – Joe (Michael Caine) decides he too will rob a bank and take the money that he is owed. He ropes in lifelong friends, Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) who are also plagued with money troubles, and together the three embark on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their pension money.
Directed by Zach Braff (Scrubs), Going in Style is a lighthearted comedy for all ages. I really didn’t know what to expect from this film, but I like Zach Braff and with legends Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman fronting the film I figured it couldn’t be that bad. In fact it turned out to be a lot better than I imagined! The story line is simple, the jokes natural and the characters with their different lives are all totally believable and relate-able. You totally feel the desperation the three men have in getting their much-needed money and you’re rooting for them the entire time.
It’s not very often these days to be given a film led entirely by an older cast, but Going in Style proves that actors like Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkle still have what it takes to give us characters who we can fall in love in. The three men give us scenes of comedy and drama, both individually and together, creating well-rounded characters and some hilarious as well as emotional scenes. United by their money problems the three men also have their own personal reasons in robbing the bank. Ultimately they might be committing a crime but they’re not bad people and this is fundamental in the emotional pull throughout the film. Michael, Morgan and Alan all play these roles brilliantly, giving a perfect balance between comedy and drama but all the while keeping everything natural and believable. They are so at ease with each other that it’s easy to think they have been friends for 30+ years like the story indicates.
The supporting cast are all great and help boost the three leads, Ann-Margret is particularly funny as Albert’s love-interest. The film also stars Matt Dillon, Maria Dizzia (Orange Is the New Black), Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) and Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy). Each character, small or big, all bring a different aspect to the film and help shape the lead characters.
Overall Going in Style is a very good film, there are plenty of laughs throughout. Visually there’s plenty of action and there’s a scene when the three men are on the phone to each other and the screen splits three ways to show each of them, which was cleverly done. The comedy side isn’t forced, the film isn’t trying too hard to make you laugh, instead everything is very natural, which makes it a more enjoyable watch. I would definitely recommend this film, it’s one all generations can enjoy and one I will certainly be watching again!