The Old Man and The Gun

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Sissy Spacek as “Jewel” and Robert Redford as “Forrest Tucker” in the film THE OLD MAN & THE GUN. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

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As I walked into the auditorium to see this film, I noticed that I was the only person under the age of 70 in the theatre.  Not saying that this is a bad thing, because older audiences know their film.  They also love Robert Redford, and The Old Man and the Gun knows this.  This is essentially a ride off into the sunset for a phenomenal actor with a great career-nothing more and nothing less.

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I wasn’t bored with this movie, but I really didn’t find it that entertaining.  It is a very montone, and old fashioned film.  While it is based off a true story, it seems like it was wrote to essentially only be a send off for Redford.  As far as its supporting cast, Sissy Spacek is a really genuine and likeable love interest for Redford’s character.  However, Casey Affleck who plays a detective is probably the worst part of this film.  As soon as the movie cuts to him, you instantly are bored.  His style is always very monotone, but it doesn’t fit all that well in a already slow paced film.  While what he does works well for some films, it feels like he was just half asleep through this one.

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The Old Man and the Gun isn’t terrible, I was mostly entertained throughout, and it is well directed.  However, after seeing director David Lowery’s last effort “A Ghost Story” I expected so much more.  That film has so much passion behind it, but The Old Man and the Gun just seems like everyone was doing Robert Redford a favor to send him off into the sunset.

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Robert Redford as “Forrest Tucker” in the film THE OLD MAN & THE GUN. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Although it doesn’t sound like it, I am mostly positive on this movie.  It is fine by most standards,  and I feel pretty lukewarm about it.  It won’t be on my list of Top 25 films this year, but it’s not one of the worst either.  If you’re a huge Robert Redford fan- Don’t miss it.  If you’re not, then it’s certainly not the worst thing you’ll see this year, but don’t expect anything up to par with Lowery’s previous directorial effort.

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