Benjamin Maio Mackay
Going in Style - 3.5 Stars
Clever comedy hits its mark in criticising the treatment of the elderly.
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
The beautiful cynicism is played brilliantly by Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. Director Zach Braff (yes, the actor and comedian) has assembled a superb cast who can play both the comedy and drama extremely well. With a lesser cast the film could’ve easily fallen flat. Christopher Lloyd, Joey King, Kennan Thompson, Ann-Margret and Matt Dillon round out the supporting cast. Dillon still plays a serious role, but his comic ability is obvious.
The script is funny, yet cutting, it critiques a society who no longer cares about the care of the elderly. The plot is also riveting and the short runtime helps keep the plot moving nicely.
Overall this film is very funny and has a superb cast, but in the end the messages it conveys are very disturbing.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment