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Going in Style stars steal lightweight heist story

08 April 2017, 07:30 | Nina Hammond

User Rating: Be the first one! He is a skilled filmmaker, in addition to an actor who never gets the credit he deserves.

When he made "Garden State" 14 years ago, Braff was then known as that mugging, lovable nurse from "Scrubs". But this new version of Going in Style sells uplift so hard it loses touch with reality - and any genuine reason for being. I kept waiting for someone to make a joke about the size of his prostate. Braff is back, and that's what counts. Death is the most definite thing in life, yet seeing legends discuss it packed the film with a more emotional heft.

With gently amusing ineptitude, they try out their life of crime by trying to rob a supermarket and get busted for, among other things, shoving whole pork loins down their trousers. That said there is a warmth to this piece, a gentle sense that makes for harmless cinema - though the protagonists themselves are not quite as harmless as the film preaches.

Said pros include the leads, of course, but also Matt Dillon as a puzzled FBI investigator, a very amusing Kenan Thompson as the grocery store manager, Christopher Lloyd semi-reprising his Reverend Jim character from "Taxi" as a senile coot, Joey King as Joe's granddaughter, and a crucial little girl played by Annabelle Chow.

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Braff is a filmmaker who is able to mold very indie sensibilities with an inherent ability to please a crowd. His best buds, Willie (Freeman) and Albert (Arkin) are also mad as hell, given that the steel company they slaved for is outsourcing to Vietnam and vaporizing their pensions. The way writer-director Martin Brest told that earlier story was considerably darker, however: The trio planned the bank heist largely due to their resentment of a society that had diminished older people, virtually warehousing them in their later years. His screenplay deserved a nomination, in my humble opinion. Topical references notwithstanding, the movie is more outdated than the 1979 original. Studio gigs like this will certainly help out. They've done enough commercial crap over the years, all three of them, to know how to walk away mostly unscathed from a tacky mainstream comedy-hell, even to score a few grace notes between laugh lines. The clever writing does justice to their acting prowess.

With some surprise faces from comedy greatness including Kenan Thompson and Peter Serafinowicz as the deadbeat ex-son-in-law to Caine's Joe, Going in Style is an fantastic film that hammers home the message that "society has the duty to look after the elderly".

"He's like, 'I'm watching you two, I see what's happening, ' and I'm like, 'This is really not going well!'" Braff continued. I maintain that Braff has the skills to be an award victor one day, especially if he ever does get around to that remake of Open Hearts that he's been trying to mount for years now.



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