Going in Style gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars
Recall, 5 scored movies have the potential to become icons, legends: The first three Star Wars movies, Blade Runner, Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz, Philadelphia Story, The African Queen, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc. (I also include quirky personal favorites like Tremors, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Secret of Roan Inish and most of the Marvel movies.)
A 4 is simply a movie I enjoyed! Money well paid!
Our trio of clever, crotchety heroes are acted by Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. That’s really all I needed to know to go to the movie, but in addition there’s the eternally cute and sexy Ann-Margret (who thankfully still looks like Ann-Margret, though a bit more plump). She’s like an amused, determined purring cat. Then we have the righteous mission against evil companies and banks, and a helpful rogue who has morals, and rescues cute dogs from ditches. There’s slapstick, old people getting high, good oblivious people loving our cantankerous heroes. Christopher Lloyd is a wonderful, perhaps senile, comrade who pops in to be silly from time to time. Matt Dillion is a self-righteous FBI agent who wants to bring our righteous heroes’ down.
Not a complex plot, but the movie made me laugh several times and feel good at the end. A perfect movie to have a low-key good time. Guaranteed. If you need complex, intellectual movies, or a lot of MMA and explosions, this is not the movie for you. Also, it would be almost as much fun to wait and watch it on T.V.