Stand Up Guys Reviews
It is a slow, plodding and almost painfully dull film. My wife fell asleep, how I didn't is still a mystery. The film consists of actors sat around talking for the most part. When they are not talking they are either involved in embarrassing scenes (e.g. the sight of the once great Al Pacino spending a third of the film with a "comedy" erection because he has downed a handful of Viagra), or quite ridiculous plot lines inserted as the writer was obviously several pages short of a full script (I mean seriously, what are the chances of stealing a car, only to find a woman tied up in the trunk who has just been abducted, hence giving your characters something to do for the next twenty minutes as they seek some sort of vigilante justice)
Al Pacino's character manages to make almost impossible deductions which would make Derren Brown proud. Which begs the question, if he is so bloody clever how come he ended up in prison in the first place? The isn't really an ending to the film so you don't even get the pay off of finding out what happens in the end, and the whole thing is just a waste of time. I could go on, but there is no point, the only thing you need to know is:-
It's shit, not just normal shit but proper shit, Star Wars Holiday Special level of shit.
Val gets out of jail after twenty-eight years and is picked up by his good friend, Doc, who was on his last mission with him when he got caught. Doc gives Val an overview of his surroundings and resources and Val has visions of living his life to the fullest; maybe doing one more job, and making something of his life outside the joint. Doc is hesitant but not completely resistant.
"Tomorrow became today."
"It usually does."
Fisher Stevens, director of Just a Kiss, delivers Stand Up Guys. The storyline for this movie is actually really good and unfolds better than I anticipated. Pacino's acting as the main character is a little too much at times, but Walken as Doc is wonderful and the character is very well written. Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, and Craig Sheffer also gave solid supporting performances.
"I hope the commode is to your liking."
This was a movie I came across on Netflix and thought it may be worth a viewing. It was just okay at the beginning with some entertaining interactions, but the story unfolds pretty well. This actually reminded me of a better version of the recent Equalizer film.
"Your jab still looks pretty good."
Grade: B-/B (7.25)