Zach Braff’s 2017 remake of the 1979 film of the same name, Going in Style, follows the story of three pensioners – Willie (Morgan Freeman), Albert (Alan Arkin), and Joe (Michael Caine) – who lose everything when their company moves all manufacturing work overseas, leaving them with no retirement fund, no money, and no hope.
Joe is witness to a bank robbery and decides it’s something the trio could do themselves, so they craft a plan with the help of an associate of Joe’s son that will get them back the pension money that’s been stolen from them. Though the group have much to learn heist-wise, they believe they can pull it off if their hearts are in the right places. But what happens if they get caught? The tiresome trio must construct a believable alibi for the time of the crime, or risk going to jail for the rest of their – albeit probably short – lives.
Going in Style dutifully captures the spirit of the original, even if some of the jokes end up playing it safe rather than going for big laughs. Its fantastic cast of screen veterans have great chemistry and are ably assisted by the genuinely funny Christopher Lloyd, as well as Matt Dillon, John Ortiz, and Joey King in choice supporting roles. Even Kenan Thompson makes an appearance as the local grocery store head of security.
As a caper comedy aimed at the grey market, Going in Style works best when Caine, Freeman and Arkin are in full swing, but ultimately it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.
In cinemas: April 20, 2017
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin
Directed by: Zach Braff