In summer, heat waves can strike areas of the country where cooler temperatures are the norm. In these areas, many homes do not have air conditioning and surviving in the extreme temperatures (>85) becomes a challenge. It was 92 in Manoa, Hawaii yesterday and most homes do not have air conditioning by choice. To survive the extreme heat I decided to see “Going in Style” for 2 hours of air conditioned comfort. It was worth every penny.
Joyful, hilarious, touching, exciting, “Going in Style” fits in all these categories, proving how age does not deprive actors of comedic spirit. Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin are each legends on their own, but seeing all three of them together is a pleasure for any film fan. The viewer can tell the three of them had a blast filming together and it clearly shows in the final product. The film won’t knock your socks off, but I’ll watch anything with these actors who played each of their roles convincingly and vigorously.
It’s not all giggles, though. There’s a deeper message about chasing after your dreams, no matter how old you are, living your life fully until the very end, and not letting others ruin your life. Whether its watching these guys tear up at the site of the granddaughters, or just busting each other over the smallest of things, I felt like I was watching a group of men having coffee at a local shop motivated and scheming to live their lives better.
Before watching this film, I was already aware of the 1979 version. When I went to the movie, I assumed that I would see the same story, only with the eyes of another director. But, as it turned out, the film’s writers foresaw this and pleasantly surprised me by changing the plot in key places. Both films are worth watching for their own pleasure, the difference being I felt Braff’s new interpretation is more energetic and cheerful compared to the previous version.
I had air-conditioned fun watching “Going in Style.” It’s not perfect, it’s silly and even a little cringe worthy at times, but within five minutes my stomach hurt because I was laughing so much. Then, to top it off, Ann Margaret, Matt Dillon and Christopher Lloyd light up the screen in small, supporting roles. They add to “Style’s” lighthearted fun.
I recommend this film to adults because they’ll relate to the personal issues these men face. The comedy has something for everyone in the family because it leaves a smile on your face. Use it as an excuse to enjoy air-conditioned comfort – you’ll be glad you did.