Going In Style: Film Review – The Great Grandpa Heist

Verdict: A gang of old-timers clock in a stylish bank robbery.

In 2014, a group of elderly men carried out the biggest heist in British history. The group of middle- to old-aged men (between 47 and 76) were found guilty of stealing close to £14 million in jewels, gold and cash. They were convicted only last year and this feat is perhaps the inspiration behind this film. But it is simply a remake of the 1979 movie of the same name – Going In Style.

Directed by Zach Braff, it is a neat accomplishment considering it is only his third direction ventureTheodore Melfi, the same man who wrote and directed the Oscar-winning Hidden Figures (2016), has conjured a well-vetted script here. The film features an ensemble cast – with legends Morgan FreemanMichael Caine and Alan Arkin. Supporting them is the fine actor Matt Dillon and the still-stunning-at-75 Ann Margret.

The three grand sires play happy old men, who aren't particularly financially well off, especially now that their pensions are being cancelled. The bank they have been signed up with is bought out, so their pensions are compromised as a casualty of the restructuring. This obviously angers them, and it is worse for Caine since they're about to take his house away too. So, he considers the idea of a bank robbery. His two partners are naturally appalled by the idea, but he convinces them – they simply have nothing to lose – neither time, nor money. Besides, the principled men will only rob what the bank rightfully owes to them, not a penny more. It is reminiscent of the case with Hell or High Water (2016) where two brothers only steal from banks what the banks have 'stolen' from them.

So they decide to “walk before they run” and flex their muscles by shoplifting a nearby super market. As they get caught, they realize the bank is no walk in the nana-nani park. So they seek out 'professional help' and begin training. When the day finally arrives, the heist will get you very excited. Without wanting to reveal any spoilers, know there are a couple of pretty interesting twists.

The back stories to the characters are very convincing and support the gist of the film rather well. The three stars put in effortless performances – well, would you expect anything less? These guys can make up for any shortcomings in a script. Their well-timed punchlines, their self-deprecating humour, their crude banter, their chemistry, are what makes these old-timers tick. The film has a great score by Rob Simonsen, comprising nostalgic tunes (yes, good ol' jazz) that blend perfectly well with your typical 'heist tunes'.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch it for our three grandpas, who not just steal the show, but also keep tickling your funny bone and prove why they're the veterans of the industry. Don't expect anything extraordinary in this caper, but be assured you won't be disappointed either.

Release Date: 07 Apr, 2017
Language: English
Director: Zach Braff
Genre: Comedy, Heist
Cast & Crew: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Matt Dillon, Ann Margret
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