The movie “Going in Style” is a remake of the 1979 movie of the same title, that started George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. The idea behind this story is essentially the same, 3 men in their 70’s and 80’s who have nothing to lose, decide to rob a bank because all 3 are broke due to a major injustice. In the case of this new version, the major injustice is very understandable. One of the 3 men, played by Micheal Caine was tricked into getting a mortgage that ballooned into payments that tripled after a year. On top of this, all 3 men are retired factory workers and now because of cost cutting and typical screwing over workers, they have lost out on their pensions that it took them 30 years of hard work to earn. Now all of them are broke and after Caine’s character witnesses a robbery, he decides to rob the very bank that tripled his mortgage payments and is now threatening to foreclose on his house. I found all of this believable and understandable, considering the kind of anger these 3 men and so many other Americans must feel when they are screwed out of their pensions or laid off because their job has moved overseas. Caine’s friends are played well by veteran actors Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin and they both provide some comic relief and believability to the story. On to of all their other problems, Freeman’s character is on dialysis and needs a Kidney transplant, which adds some perhaps unnecessary drama to the plot.
I thought that the story was entertaining enough, believable and considering the bank and the company involved that screwed over these 3 men almost justifiable.
The negative part of all this is that as you watch this 100 minute or so movie you slowly realize that most of the story you have seen many times before, so before long this film is over it can seem to be boring and average. Ann Margaret also makes an appearance in this movie along with Matt Dillon, who I have not seen in a movie in a long time.
I give this movie only a mild recommendation, mainly because of the 3 great actors involved.