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Going in Style Movie Review

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With the only review this week, we’re going to talk about the newest movie from Zach Braff called Going in Style. You may know him from the popular television series, Scrubs. Even though I never watched Scrubs, I’m pretty sure he was the guy who was always taking jabs just because he seems like that guy. If I’m wrong, let me know down in the comment section. Anyways, the cast of this movie was the real selling point. How could I not be excited for a movie with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin? They’re also robbing banks in this film. Count me in. That sounds like a hilariously good time! Let’s talk about Going in Style!

Going in Style is directed by Zach Braff and stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin as best friends for many, many, many years. When their company decides that their pensions have fallen through, they take matters into their own hands and go after the bank that cheated them in the first place. Are they smooth, quick, and in good enough shape to pull off a heist big enough to keep their families comfortable for years?

First of all, the best thing about this movie is by far the fact that these three actors have come together to make this film. We’ll start with Michael Caine. Michael Caine is someone who has never turned in a bad performance and has never even remotely tipped the scale to unlikable. Every single role he takes perfectly suits him, and I always get excited to see him on-screen. Next up we have Morgan Freeman. He is easily one of the most cherished people in Hollywood, and I’d challenge anyone to find a person who isn’t a Morgan Freeman fan. From the iconic voice to the raw talent to the pure warmth he exudes, I’ll never be disappointed to see him in a film. Finally we have Alan Arkin who, despite his age, is quicker than ever in this film, and it made me smile just to see these three all in one story that seems to have been made for the pure fun of filmmaking. Can you imagine how exciting it was to make this film? They knew they weren’t attempting to shatter boundaries and win Oscars, and they had fun making a movie that is intended almost for entertainment purposes exclusively. There is some decent comedy, especially given the premise, and most situations allow hilarity to ensue very easily simply because of the predicaments the characters find themselves in. It’s definitely not a laugh-a-minute type comedy, but there is plenty of enjoyment to be found in these three icons robbing banks to provide for their families. Finally, if I had to pick an area of this film that actually explored depths and meaning, it was the characters. They weren’t just likable; they faced situations and issues that many Americans really face, and I found it pretty easy to connect to them because of the way they interacted with each other, their families, and those around them.

Like I mentioned, this movie isn’t aiming to reflect human nature, personify values or life, or bust open new worlds of filmmaking. It’s just plain, simple fun. Though I enjoyed it, I didn’t think it was as funny as I was hoping for. Though it didn’t hit for me, I do think that it could work for its target audience, but there isn’t much analysis to do here. This is one of the most harmless films you could see this year, and if you’re looking for fun, you can probably get it through Going in Style. The pacing did feel a bit off at multiple points, and the film struggled to balance some of the comedy with the elements of a heist film. It also goes through a lot of repetition early on, and while some of the self-aware aspects of repetition in a movie like this make me laugh, it did mess with the pacing.

Overall, there really isn’t a point of peering deep into the soul and depths of Going in Style. If you want to see these three actors working together, this movie will probably give you exactly what you’re looking for. It’s an entertaining time with great cast chemistry, great characters, and an entertaining premise that makes for a few good laughs. It’s not going to transcend time and space which seems to be a common thing now days, but it will take your mind off harsh reality for a little while and make you appreciate the fact that we live in a world where Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin can all be in the same movie. I’m going to give Going in Style a 6/10.

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm