The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
Critic Consensus: A well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast, The Old Man & the Gun is pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans - and a fitting farewell to a legend.
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Critic Reviews for The Old Man & the Gun
If this is truly Robert Redford's final performance, he's going out with an exclamation point.
If Clint Eastwood's barely reformed killer was Unforgiven, Robert Redford is unrepentant in this love letter to...Robert Redford.
It's a light, warm story that's punctuated by the power of Redford's smile, one of the best special effects in movie history.
It feels both timeless and old-fashioned, genial and soft, safe and intensely enjoyable.
If there's a reason to see the movie, it's Redford, whose charismatic, mature presence argues that age has done nothing to diminish his ability to command the screen.
Audience Reviews for The Old Man & the Gun
Redford and an exceptionally fine supporting cast create a sophisticated, grown-up tale of whimsy and romance. Yes this may have been a true story, yet its real charm lies in the weaving in gently of people's deep wishes and feelings. Visually, it is remarkable how interesting the old faces look and how they sound. Meanwhile, Affleck presents like a young Redford, the brooding good looks, the distance and assurance, down to the moustache and flopping hair - his detective role is more of an alter-ego than a nemesis. The sensuality in the film revolves around him and his beautiful wife; watch for their breathtaking dance. Spacek's lovely presence balances the Redford persona and there is no sex scene: a good decision. These and the other supporting roles bring contrasts and harmonies (Waits' spoken voice literally), all played by superlative actors including an all star line-up and very good child actors particularly the little daughter. The ensemble eliminates the vanity element. All of that is a fine directorial achievement. It's not a screenplay likely to appeal much to the fast paced rhythm of younger audiences. The gun of the title is a notable non-starter. This is a film full of wisdom, kindness, fun and humour and, in line with Forrest's own story and no doubt without coincidence Redford's too - it is brimming with happiness.
Though slow in spots what's not to like with Redford and Spacek keeping you company. The Kid goes out in style. (11-3-18)
An elegant and quaint tale of an old outlaw serves as an ode to, not only, Redford's career, but to old fashioned Hollywood storytelling.
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