Going In Style DVD Reviewed By Cam Eagle



The Premise
Three seniors, who are living social security cheque to cheque and even reduced to eating dog food at times, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob a bank...problem is, they don't even know how to handle a gun!

The Review
This reboot of the 1979 movie of the same name, Going In Style delivers what you expect, a clever funny movie with good performances by all.

Proving you’re never too old to get even, 3 seniors decide to rob a bank when they feel shafted from their jobs and their bank. Identifying with the men, you actually don’t blame them in the end and I could imagine myself going through with it (except for the supermarket scene).

Like many bank robbing movies, Going In Style shows you ‘How to’ Rob A Bank and glorifies bank robbing as a viable way to solve financial problems.

In an age when Sonny Bill Williams covers up a sponsor’s logo because he disagrees with banking policies, this movie mocks banks and their processes. I liked this treatment of banks as well as the notion of friends looking after each other.

Going In Style is a social commentary on growing old in America and what we are sometimes driven to, due to circumstances.

The Verdict
Going In Style is a funny movie with great performances that is somewhat let down by an overall formulaic predictability.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 2nd  August 2017
Rating: 
M – Contains offensive language
Duration: 96 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Sir Michael Caine, Matt Dillon, Ann-Margret, Joey King
Director: Zach Braff (Garden State)

The Extras
This is a remake of Going in Style (1979), directed by Martin Brest and starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg.

This is the sixth time Morgan Freeman and Sir Michael Caine have worked together.

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Sir Michael Caine; and two Oscar nominees: Matt Dillon and Ann-Margret.

Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin have never worked together prior to this. However, one actor replaced the other in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). Arkin was the original choice and signed on for the judge character when said role was to be played by a Jewish actor. But during production, the director changed his mind and opted for an African-American actor and Freeman got the role.

This is Sir Michael Caine's and Alan Arkin's second time working together, the first being Woman Times Seven (1967).

Zach Braff (John "J.D." Dorian in “Scrubs”) and Joey King previously worked together on Wish I Was Here (2014), and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).

Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman had previously worked together on the Dark Knight trilogy.

The movie everyone is watching the night before the heist is 'Dog Day Afternoon' which was about a botched bank robbery.

Don Scardino was in talks to direct, but a deal wasn't met, and New Line found out Theodore Melfi was available again.

Ann-Margret had a big boost in her young career back in 1960 when she was discovered by George Burns. In 2017, she plays in the remake of the 1979 film starring George Burns.


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was originally involved in the film with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. However, they dropped out of the film for unknown reasons.