Going in Style
Going in Style: Oodles of Predictability Enlivened by Familiarity
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
The 2017 remake of Going in Style is predictable, clichéd and leaves behind quite a few logical loopholes. But even with all these flaws brimming over, it delivers just what is expected out of such a film, comfort and familiarity. From the looks of the trailer, you know exactly what to expect, and that vision of yours is guaranteed to be fulfilled. But if you’re looking for more than just entertainment, you won’t find it in a film like Going in Style.
Borrowing the plot from the 1979 original, director Zach Braff’s Going in Style follows three senior citizens, Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe Harding (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin), who are tired of having to endure life’s hurdles one after another. When the going gets tough, they decide to rob a bank to fulfill their alarming monetary needs and also bring back some excitement in their lives.
From some last minute weed indulgence to the rat pack references, Going in Style packs many clichés. In fact, the story is quite predictable too. But even amidst all these flaws, Zach Braff’s strength lies in his ability to provide solid entertainment that is uplifted all the more by an underlying layer of familiarity.
When you decide to watch a movie like Going in Style, surprise and excitement are not what you expect. Instead, you look to the film to give you comfort. You expect the characters to carry out your little fantasies. In spite of the many loopholes in the bank robbery investigation, you still secretly hope that they never get caught, just to reaffirm your hope of living a life filled with contentment till the very end. For providing just this, Zach Braff deserves a moment of validation.
Needless to say, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin are effortlessly charming in their characters. Their portrayals make you wish for such unconditional and everlasting friendship when you grow old. From displaying character quirks to making you empathize with them, these veterans play out their characters quite impeccably.
Be warned though, if you’re looking to find layers of meaningfulness, this is most definitely not your kind of film. The predictability of it all will have you rolling your eyes well before the climax. On the other hand, if all you’re looking for is a fairly entertaining story that you know will end well, Going in Style will prove to be a worthy summer tale.