“ Going In Style: You’re never too old to get even. ”
The remake of the 1979 movie Going In Style is coming to theaters this weekend. The film is directed by Zach Braff who directed before Wish I Was Here in 2014, Garden State in 2004 and known as the lead actor in Scrubs. The movie is written by the Oscar nominee Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent), and featured three Oscar winner actors: Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan Freeman.
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Here are the critics’ thoughts:
San Francisco Chronicle – Peter Hartlaub
Like its lead characters, Going in Style just grooves along nicely, until the credits roll and you realize it was time well spent.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Calvin Wilson
Delivers a feel-good film that nonetheless allows for genuine moments of working-class anger.
The Seattle Times – Moira Macdonald
It’s an agreeably generic mishmash of every old-guys-pull-one-last-heist movie you’ve ever seen.
Austin Chronicle – Marjorie Baumgarten
The geezer humor is just as funny here as it was in the original version of this film, which starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. I mean this as a compliment, although it’s, admittedly, a bit backhanded.
Washington Post – Ann Hornaday
It’s the chemistry among these three fine actors that keeps Going in Style afloat, lifting it from the formulaic and forgettable — which, essentially, it is — and making it genuinely, if modestly, enjoyable.
Chicago Tribune – Michael Phillips
Going in Style stays in the safe zone every second, nervous about risking any audience discomfort, as opposed to Brest’s quietly nervy ode to old age and its discontents. Times change.
Boston Globe – Ty Burr
The 1979 film was both more casual and much darker about the realities and infirmities of old age, and it had one of George Burns’s better performances. It was a funny, touching experience, and it was a bitter pill. The new movie is a placebo, with Hallmark emotions put over by a cast of solid-gold professionals.
The Hollywood Reporter – Sheri Linden
The real crime in Going in Style is its waste of acting talent.
Arizona Republic – Randy Cordova
Going in Style will probably be a lot more enjoyable if you’ve never seen the original. It’s not that the remake is terrible. It’s cheerful and undemanding, and an appealing cast makes the time go by painlessly enough. But the 1979 film is poignant and layered.
The A.V. Club – A.A. Dowd
It’s probably worth noting that the whippersnapper behind the camera is none other than one-time sitcom star and indie darling Zach Braff. Did he owe someone a favor, or is this his attempt to break into the studio system he scorned with his last feature, the gooey Kickstarted passion project “Wish I Was Here”?
Movie Nation – Roger Moore
It has about as much satiric bite as a Polident commercial, a reverse mortgage of a movie promising dividends its enfeebled script never delivers.
Empire – Ian Freer
Despite the all-star trio and the rare joke that lands, Going In Style never hits its stride as a warm-hearted crime caper.
Slant Magazine- Eric Henderson
No one in Going in Style seems to really know what the hell they’re doing or why. And even though that goes double for the filmmakers, at least no one succumbs to taking any of it seriously.
- Director: Zach Braff
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Joey King, Matt Dillon, Ann-Margret, Maria Dizzia, Christopher Lloyd
- Runtime: 96min
- Rating: PG-13
- Release date: April 7, 2017
- Genres: Comedy, Crime.