Movie Review: GOING IN STYLE (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

GOING IN STYLE was directed by Zach Braff from a screenplay by Theodore Melfi and stars stars Morgan Freeman as Willie, Michael Caine as Joe and Alan Arkin as Al as three lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. The film also stars Ann-Margret as Annie, a grocery cashier who’s been checking Al out in more ways than one and Joey King, as Joe’s whip-smart granddaughter, Brooklyn.  John Ortiz stars as Jesus, a man of unspecified credentials who agrees to show the guys the ropes, and Peter Serafinowicz as Joe’s former son-in-law, Murphy, whose pot clinic connections may finally prove useful; with Matt Dillon as FBI Agent Hamer; and Christopher Lloyd as the guys’ lodge buddy, Milton.

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

In the beginning of the movie, Joe is at his bank trying to talk them out of foreclosing on his home and the bank isn’t really willing to work with him any longer. This is where he witnesses a heist in his very own bank and is shown kindness by the leader. This is kind of what puts the idea in his head to begin with, that and being treated poorly by the bank’s sleazy loan officer. Joe presents his idea to Willie and Al and at first they think he’s lost his mind for thinking about doing something like that but after the two of them go through their own sour experience, they hop on board. This is when the three friends begin a series of hilarious training exercises to prep them for the bank heist. They also recruit the help of Jesus who is an old pro when it comes to being a thief and he gives them the in’s and out’s about bank heists until it’s time for them to do the job.

Going in Style is a remake of the 1979 movie of the same name. The majority of the comedy deals with Willie, Joe and Al preparing for the bank heist and when it finally comes time for them to do the job, things don’t go quite as they had planned and they have to improvise a little. Even after their well thought out plan doesn’t go smoothly, the three seniors still get the job done but there’s cocky FBI Agent Hamer who is hot on their trail and he claims he always gets his man. Well, the old friends have covered their tracks extremely well and have an alibi for where they were at the time of the robbery so Hamer has a hard time coming up with some concrete evidence that connects them with the crime. Just when Willie, Joe and Al think they’re in the clear, the threesome have one more obstacle that stands in their way to finanicial freedom.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc has a flat black finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Going in Style was a really hilarious take on the old school heist genre that featured this amazing cast of characters who simply wanted to stick it back at the man or in this case the corrupted banking system. Simply put, they’ve had enough of being treated poorly and being screwed so they decide to fight back. I’ve been a big fan of Zach Braff since his “Scrubs” days and thought he did a great job directing the movie that’s complimented by a fantastic cast that features this small group of legends. There’s some nice chemistry between these actors and it’s evident on screen. The story was a lot of fun and the movie itself was a fast-paced watch full of hilarious moments that followed these three senior citizens who simply have had enough of being screwed by the flawed and failing system that is supposed to be there to help take care of them. The movie sends the wrong message but it’s still a fun watch. Remember kiddos, you should never rob a bank or any other place for that matter. This is make believe and real life doesn’t work out like it did in this movie. This fun geriatric caper comedy releases on a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on August 1st and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1  / EDA / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Director’s Commentary by Zach Braff
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

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