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April 30 2017, 06:43 | Perry Erickson
Michael Caine as Joe Morgan Freeman as Willie and Alan Arkin as Al in Going In Style. PA
Braff added that what is so universal about this smart and clever story is the fact that "It's a comedy about three men taking back their power". This is a film completely lacking in tension or drama of any kind and it will insult the intelligence of even the most forgiving and easy to please viewers. Also, the slimy bank manager informs him, the direct-deposit checks from the aforementioned company have ceased, which is a huge problem for Joe, who lets his daughter and 14-year-old granddaughter he adores live in his house.
The cast works hard; Caine can take a throwaway line like "What you can do with frozen fish is admirable" and turn it into comic gold. The three play lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty.
Caine plays Joe, the one who gets the idea for the robbery.
Out this week in cinemas is Going In Style, starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin with Zach Braff (Garden State) in the director's chair.
There's no way around it: Freeman with a pork loin down his trousers and Caine hiding a ham in his jacket will induce chuckles, with belly laughs ensuing at watching their motorized-cart getaway.
"They can't say "you've got no career" because we've had one."
"And it's not boring".
The best thing you can say about "Going in Style" is that it could have been a lot worse.
The two are used to people being surprised that older actors can carry a film - especially a comedy.
Said pros include the leads, of course, but also Matt Dillon as a puzzled FBI investigator, a very amusing Kenan Thompson as the grocery store manager, Christopher Lloyd semi-reprising his Reverend Jim character from "Taxi" as a senile coot, Joey King as Joe's granddaughter, and a crucial little girl played by Annabelle Chow.
And as "Going in Style" proves, give those three very talented gentleman a halfway-decent script and a competent director, and the entertainment value will be there.
I hadn't seen writer-director Martin Brest's original "Going in Style" since it came out almost 40 years ago, and a revisit was frankly astonishing.
He is nowhere to be seen in "Going in Style", clearly putting his focus on making an effective studio comedy and letting his stars shine.
"I learned a lot about them, personally". Times change. If Braff's film is a hit, it'll be because the three headliners have more or less refused to change with them. Has this been a conscious choice? So if you think about the industry, think about an ocean, which is in constant flux. "He's looking around the restaurant and he sees Nicole Scherzinger".
QUESTION: So, what did you think of Going in Style when you saw it completed? It didn't have the depth that ours turned out to have.
Having worked together in six prior films, Freeman and Caine could be considered a veteran team; they are first-rate artists and their onscreen chemistry is palpable. He's like, 'I know her.
ALAN ARKIN: Yes, I am Morgan's roommate in the film.
Q: Did you have a sense that the film would be as relevant as it is while filming? You can take the kids or your grandparents. So, if they were in it, I had to be there, too!
But chances are that if you saw that movie 38 years ago, you've probably forgotten most of it anyway.
MICHAEL CAINE: I thought, "Look what Zach has done with it!"
"I'm not exactly sitting around watching Coronation Street."
And one of the reasons the boys decided that bank robbery was their road out of institutional American ageism is that they had been reduced to eating dog food.