GOING IN STYLE is a Rewritten, Redirected, Remarkable Remake of the 1979 film of the same name with similar plot: When the company they worked for is bought out, their pensions become a casualty of the restructuring. Inspired by a bank robbery one of them witnesses, three senior citizens plan their own heist to take back the money rightfully owed them from the bank that is holding the company’s pension funds.
Kudos to Theodore Melfi for his excellent and timely revisions of the screenplay and congratulations to Zach Braff for perfectly directing the superstar cast of actors in this thoroughly entertaining “buddy” film.
With Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine as the three senior citizens who rob the bank, the dialogue was natural, the scene set-ups intricately logical and well-thought out, and their chemistry palpable. With still-gorgeous Ann-Margret as a love interest, Matt Dillon as a cynical FBI agent on the case, and zany Christopher Lloyd providing an alibi, GOING IN STYLE is a must-see movie for a few hours of pure enjoyment.
Director: Zach Braff
Screenplay: Theodore Melfi
Morgan Freeman – Willie
Michael Caine – Joe
Alan Arkin – Albert
Joey King – Brooklyn (Joe’s granddaughter)
Matt Dillon – Hamer (FBI agent)
Ann-Margret – Annie (Albert’s love interest)
Christopher Lloyd – Milton (lodge buddy)
Kenan Thompson (grocery store manager)
Siobhan Fallon Hogan – Mitzi
John Ortiz – Jesus
Peter Serafinowicz – Murphy (Joe’s former son-in-law)