A remake of the 1979 Martin Brest film, Going in Style is a comedy heist flick with plenty of going and not enough style. Directed by Zach Braff, the former start of hit series Scrubs and director of such indie films as Garden State, The Last Kiss and Wish You Were Here, this is a painfully ordinary studio production that fails to showcase the filmmaker’s quirky style established through his previous works.
In truth, things do start out surprisingly well, and the film’s first act is perfectly enjoyable – a scene in which the three lead characters attempt to steal from a supermarket, which culminates in a joke about ‘E.T’ made me laugh out loud on a number of occasions – but momentum is lost when the characters begin to plan the centrepiece bank robbery.
For one, the whole robbery itself is far less clever than it thinks it is, and, perhaps more importantly, lacks any kind of tension whatsoever. Fortunately, you do have Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin all doing what they do best, which makes the slump of the final two acts somewhat bearable. But with such a talented case and director at the helm, this feels like a squandered opportunity.
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