The Old Man & the Gun (2018)


“Let’s take this place. Say it was a bank and say that counter up there was really a tellers window and you just walk in, look calm and so you just walk up, look her in the eye and you say ‘ ma’am, this is a robbery’ and you show her the gun, like this [makes a gun with his hand]  and you say ‘ I wouldn’t want you to get hurt cause I like you, I like you a lot, so don’t go breakin my heart now, ok'” – Forrest Tucker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (31 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – An elderly bank robber continues his crime spree even after breaking out of jail.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for some time and am glad that I finally got the opportunity to do so.

Robert Redford has claimed that this will be his final acting role and he definitely chose a great role to choose as his swansong because he is great in the lead.

The story plays out quite well and they manage to make the lead character quite sympathetic that despite being a bank robber, we constantly want him to succeed in all that he does along the way.

The way that they portray the manhunt is done quite haphazardly and even Casey Affleck, who is usually a great actor doesn’t manage to feel like a competent character.

Redford has great chemistry with his co-star Sissy Spacek and they have some great scenes together that show how amazing they both are as actors.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that works quite well. Redford is great in the lead and this is a great choice for hos swansong. He plays the character quite well and despite the fact that he’s a robber, we still root for his the whole time to succeed in everything he does. The manhunt for him is portrayed quite lackluster and even Affleck, who is usually a great actor, fails to shine in his role as lead detective.  Redford has some nice scenes with Spacek which work very well since they have nice chemistry together. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an interview he gave during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Robert Redford talked about this comedic film being a good note to end on, since the actor wanted his “last acting job to be fun.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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