I regret to say that I'm old enough to remember well the retired buddy/ bank robbery comedy "Going In Style" from 1979 starring the then well known George Burns, Art Carney & Lee Strasberg.
Alas I don't remember the details of it at all so going to see the 2017 remake starring Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Friedman was going to be a new flick to me. I didn't hold high hopes and at 96 minutes long and only $6 for a matinee, I wasn't going to be depressed if it was a snoozer.
I am happy to report that there were a good # of funny lines beyond the previews. Not surprisingly, the chemistry between the 3 pals/actors came across very genuine and laughed out loud a good number of time.
Maybe because I'm an old fuddy-duddy myself, that I can imagine myself one day hanging out in diners, in the park with life-long friends (actually seeing 2 for dinner tonight in a mini reunion) At the same time, I felt a sincere kinship with two of the three actors what very special relationships with grandchildren.
Essentially this story of three longtime Buddies that are single that are being strained financially due to life curveballs thrown by either their bank, their former long-time employer or health reasons. Hence they decide to rob a local bank that is tied in with much of their ire. The downside of getting caught which would yield getting 3 hots and a cot wasn't a downer at all
So they do a training robbery of a local market which resembles more of a Keystone Cops performance. We get surprised when they do the real robbery when we learn after how clever & well thought out it was.
Cameos the still gorgeous Ann Margaret and the faux serious Matt Dillon. It was it was a good one (Made me want to take my Dad)