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½ March 6, 2019
Well done movie, simple yet told a great story.
March 4, 2019
A psychopath who spends his entire life hurting others with total disregard, is supposed to be somehow endearing, interesting, or even understandable. He isn't any of these, except maybe to another psychopath. The characterization is actually extremely shallow in any case, as we never get a glimpse of who is under the cynical smile. Very sad for Redford and for the critics who fawned all over it!
March 3, 2019
Another fan favorite in the making - captures the charm of these vintage actors, and makes us run back to see their prior classics
March 3, 2019
Crime with a smile. Based on a true story, this is about an older gentleman (Robert Redford) whose favorite pastime is holding up banks. He doesn't do it violently, he just flashes his gun, has a small conversation, and walks out with the money. This is the story of how he kept a string of heists going. Now the biggest thing this movie has going for it is that this features the legendary Robert Redford's last performance. He doesn't want to keep working until he dies, which I can respect; it seems that less and less actors hang up that hat these days. And a fun crime story seems like a good way to go out... then I learned this is the same director as A Ghost Story, a movie that quite literally bored me to the point of yelling at the television. The Old Man & the Gun isn't nearly as tedious as A Ghost Story, but I did have difficulties forming a connection with it all the same. Now I did want to be on board with this, I really did. I did like that they chose to play this mostly straight-faced; it would be all too easy to turn this into an old man romp, like a Going in Style or Last Vegas, but that isn't what this is. It isn't Hell or High Water or a Dog Day Afternoon either, so get that out of your head. It is its own thing, and that thing is always classy. I can appreciate that. The only trouble is that I don't think that this is very substantial. I think that they were relying on the material speaking for itself, but there isn't a strong sense of pathos or even a very worthwhile narrative for that matter. It's just this old guy who likes to take money away from banks while grinning, and apart from him getting a girlfriend, there is not a lot else that happens in this. It is sometimes interesting, but most of the times, I was just waiting for something to grab me. That something never really came, if I am being honest. I will say that Redford is having fun here, and at the very least, it is nice to see him one last time. I didn't care for some of the plot contrivances that felt a little too convenient. Yes, I am talking about the diner scene where these two people who have been playing cat and mouse for years just so happen to be at the same place at the same time. This is watchable, and if it is your thing, that is fine, but for me, this left a moderate amount to be desired, despite there being some decent pieces in the film.
February 27, 2019
A nice swan song for Robert Redford.
February 22, 2019
Nice movie based on a true story.
February 21, 2019
Watching the effortlessly charismatic Redford slip from scene to scene with a mixture of gravitas and guile, the grandeur of old age and a spry magnetism, I was reminded of that old joke told by Lacan about the robber who says to his latest victim, "this is a stick up: it's your money or your life!" No doubt, the real life Forrest is a criminal, even a violent one thumbing his nose at the bedrock of America's social system---banks and law---but as played by Redford, with a gentle smile on his withered face and sunspots on the hand holding the gun, he is a gentleman bank robber who gave to his victims a new sense of life.
February 21, 2019
Esta película es el sello perfecto para el cierre de la carrera del legendario Robert Redford, ya que la carrera de un actor es muy parecida a la del delincuente que interpreta, en disfrutar de lo que hace tener un periodo de máximo auge y fama en el que lo hace tan bien que se convierte en leyenda tiene sus mas y sus menos en donde la situación lo fuerza al limite de su capacidad, pero en esta película destaca la persistencia y elegancia de Robert Redford que siempre ha tenido y que demostrando lo feliz que se ha sentido en ser actor, una película que no se puede perder nadie os lo aseguro.
February 20, 2019
Good but a bit slow.
½ February 20, 2019
Robert Redford plays the hits in 'The Old Man & the Gun', so your mileage will vary depending on how much you like the actor. My wife likes him a lot and gave this movie a 7.4. The problem i see here is like so many movies I've seen lately there isn't enough meat on the bone. It's a lovely story with lovely performances, but it's a 50 minute flick stretched to feature length and you can feel it being stretched as you watch. For that reason i give it a slight recommendation and a 6.4. Average Final Score: 6.9/10
February 19, 2019
Fun old man heist film without all the action but makes up with the dialog.
February 16, 2019
It was a good way to say goodbye!
½ February 15, 2019
Pretty nice, lite viewing. Not much in the way of a point - but it is an easy watch highlighted by the very nice interplay between Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. 7 out of 10
½ February 12, 2019
The quality of this Sundance/Redford production is similar to those HBO "Greenlight" reality shows, where some unknown film-maker is greenlit to create a low-budget indie film sponsored by HBO. The exception here is the excellent cast of oldsters (I say that as an oldster): Redford, Spacek, Danny Glover, and Tom Waits. That and Casey Affleck. How they all agreed to be in this mediocre anti-hero film, I have no idea. Probably Redford's influence. The story is interesting, based on the true story of a serial criminal and expert at breaking out of jail, prison, or his family home. Forrest Whitaker (not the actor) was real. How much of this film is reality is unknown to me. I just didn't buy the main characters. I didn't care about them, nor did I think them real, flesh-and-blood people. Very unsatisfying movie.
½ February 9, 2019
It is not yet certain that this is Redford's farewell to the cinema and Sundance, but is not up to "Nobody's Fool", the testamentary film of his fellow Paul Newman/Butch Cassidy, directed by Benton in '94.
(Mauro Lanari)
February 4, 2019
A testimony to the power of white privilege in the USA, this film attempts to show a man who, from all appearances, cared only for his own happiness throughout his life and caused misery via his choice of offending as his only role in society. The director puts a spin on this repugnant character by showing him in literally his best lighting and accompanied by easy music that pretends he was just having fun - no matter what the effect on his many victims. Sissy Spacek, who ought to know better, plays his latter-day love interest as an elderly smitten schoolgirl who, somehow, misses every obvious clue that the object of her swooning doesn't give a damn about her and is an armed robber.

An absurd scene near the end has her welcome this lifelong offender into her home after he has spent what is apparently a few weeks in a country-club prison with its own deserted coffee bar for visits. Knowing now his past, she sees him eyeing up a bank for yet another armed robbery (no, not a heist) but a little later when he tells her he's going out alone for a few minutes, she fails to even consider what his object might be.

Now, imagine this man was of a different skin colour. Would he really have been given a short sentence in a low-security prison after a long series of bank robberies with a gun? Black men spend decades in solitary confinement for far less.

Sadly, this disastrous and insulting film is merely one more in white Hollywood's century-long love affair with a particular category of white men, the ones who rob and destroy lives with that oh-so-charming twinkle in their eye.
½ February 3, 2019
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February 3, 2019
A very slow boring movie. Waited the whole movie for it to pick up but never did; avoid this movie if you want to watch a good movie.
February 3, 2019
Robert Redford's charisma hard carries this movie. God damn that man's got style.
February 2, 2019
Probably one of the best films ever constructed. The way the soundtrack flows with the characters journeys is marvelous and heartrenching. The cast is perfectly hand picked to represent how anyone can follow the subtle (or the very noticeable) life advice given through the characters. It takes a very philosophical approach to life and why we do what we do. If you enjoy movies that are mildly slow or fast paced, I can almost assure you that you will love this movie.
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