Oh, would you look at it, another remake is here this weekend. Help us all.
A remake of a 1979 film of the same name, Going in Style follows Joe (Michael Caine), Albert (Alan Arkin), Wille (Morgan Freeman), all who recently who lost their pension when their plant is bought out. Three guys who now are all broke. After Joe is involved in a bank robbing, he takes it upon himself to get his group of friends to rob the same bank to get their happiness and money back and end their last years of life the right way.
Along with being a film getting lack of promotion, it’s being forgotten that this is a remake. A 1979 film that comes from director Martin Brest, a director who had a quiet great career. Right from the start, this remake has the perfect cast. Morgan Freeman has always has been charming, Alan Arkin is never not funny and Micheal Caine has put together top lead roles. Oddly the director to this remake is Zach Braff, who did the odd but great Garden State in his director debut but a guy who’s disappeared from Hollywood of late. Even with three good actors, it’s all too silly and unbelievable to think they would be able to pull off the heist like they want. The best performance is Alan Arkin who can be so funny at times and you agree with him because he can’t believe this could all go down either. It’s a third act filled with so many unbearable scenarios and bank robbing final that’s really dull.
What’s forgotten in this script is a good secondary cast. You have actors like Kenan Thompson who pops up as a main grocery story manager, a store that was robbed in a very unfunny sequence by the three leads. Even you have Christopher Lloyd in a HORRIBlE role as Milton, the group’s lodge friend who doesn’t do anything to the story. It’s even odd to see Matt Dillon show up as Hammer, the main FBI agent in the case in a role that leaves you with a lot to wonder. Lastly, lets not forgot actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan, as a waitress in a bland role. Actors all in these bit roles and where more talent is a waste. A film trying to run on the three main actors that just doesn’t work.
Even if taking away this as a remake, this still anything special. Waste of a lot of talent, waste of a director and waste of good material. A film that was never in style.