by Mica Wilhite
With four Academy Awards and over 400 acting credits between them, “Going in Style” stars the legendary acting trio of Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin and is based on the 1979 film with the same name.
Willie (Freeman), Joe (Caine), and Albert (Arkin), are lifelong buddies who decide to rob a bank after they lose their jobs and pensions to opportunistic financial management. Pivoting off the 1979 source material, the film has a modern-day twist crossing elements of the 2013 hit “Last Vegas” and last year’s “Hell or High Water” even though the script was developed in 2012.
Without too many spoilers, this story was intentionally rewritten to have a Hollywood happy ending by Theodore Melfi, the Academy Award nominated screenwriter for “Hidden Figures.”
The lifelong bond between Willie, Joe, and Albert is tested and endures and the Rat Pack costumed trio does end up riding off into the sunset and living happily ever after.
Zach Braff, also known for his role in the sitcom “Scrubs” and the 2004 indie hit “Garden State,” directs the film. For all of his filmmaking talent, the only shortcoming in the movie stems from Braff being clearly upstaged by the weight of acting talent from Caine, Freeman, and Arkin and relying on unoriginal cookie cutter shots and editing.
No matter, the film will reliably entertain and amuse an audience of eightysomethings and thirtysomethings alike as well as everyone in between.
“Going in Style” (97 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for language and suggestive content. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit http://www.Jimplecute1848. com for a full list of show times. Then plan to see it knowing that your ticket investment will yield a positive comic return.
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