If you need another case of how far the Hollywood remake machinery has gone, Going in Style is probably one of the prime examples. Why? even a simple story about three old men is now being rebooted as the studios continue to keep it safe with tried and tested properties.
In fairness, this 2017 version has an updated story that reflects current events. Willie, Joe, and Albert lost their jobs as Semtech Steel outsources its factory operations to Vietnam. Adding insult to injury, the company uses its pension funds to pay for costs.
This loose adaptation is lead by three well-known old-timers Morgan Freeman, Micheal Caine, and Alan Arkin. The trio lends an endearing group dynamic to the story. The rest of the cast adds other likable characters especially Christopher Lloyd who steals every scene he’s in.
The result is a geriatric heist movie that balances action and comedy with enough touching moments. It’s filled with easy humor and simple storytelling elements for the elderly. You can predict the plot twists and see the jokes coming, but they’re still entertaining thanks to the cast.
The three leads are just playing themselves but add their own kind of humor. Caine as the everyman who stands up for what is right but not without a little mischief, Freeman who takes funny jabs at the expense of other people, and Arkin as the sarcastic grumpy old man.
While this modern adaptation does its own spin on 1979 original, its still a Hollywoodized remake for baby boomers who feel left out with all the reboots catered to millennials.
It replaces a bittersweet story about three old men coming to terms with the end of their lives with a predictable wish-fulfillment caper filled with stereotypical characters. This includes the local POC gangster, the low-key sassy kid, and the feisty woman next door. If you’re saving your money for this year’s anticipated movies, you can skip this typical feel-good story at the cinema, wait for it in Netflix or cable and you won’t miss a thing.
Nonetheless, Going in Style does what it’s supposed to do – a light-hearted movie with a relevant modern twist that your grandparents will appreciate.
Going in Style is a feel-good heist movie for boomers.