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THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 19, 2018

Director: David Lowery

Stars: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck

Plot: Based on the true story of a senior citizen who robbed dozens of banks

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is one of those films that is way better in the mind than it is in reality. Who wouldn't want to see a movie about an elderly gentleman escaping from San Quentin, robbing banks all over the place with a smile, baffling police everywhere, and charming the general public? It sounds great...on paper.

 

The harsh reality is, a guy that acts like a complete gentleman, even when he is robbing a bank is really endearing the first time. After that, it gets really boring. There is no action, no excitement. And nothing against senior citizens, but watching an awkward love story between to octogenarians isn't exactly big screen gold.

 

This movie could have easily been made in the 1980's. And by that I mean, it looks like and sounds like it was shot in the 1980's. It has the pacing, editing, camera movements, color, and music of a film that came out during the cold war.

 

It is a fun and charming film, but it isn't exciting or suspenseful at all. In fact the searching for him is downplayed quite a bit. There are a couple of moments were things pick up, but it doesn't last long.

 

This isn't the kind of cops and robbers flick that will bore you to tears, but you aren't going to be excited about it either. Save this one for a slow, rainy day when you are relaxed on your comfy couch. You'll either enjoy a decent film or you'll get a great nap. Either way, you win.

 

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A WALK IN THE WOODS
Rated: R
Director: Ken Kwapis
Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen
Plot: Two aging buddies decide to hike the entire Appalachian Trail
 
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD
 

 
This is one of those movies that is just sort of there. It's not bad, it's not great. It's mildly humorous with a couple of laugh out loud moments. It's not deep or as soul-searching as one might expect a "journey" film to be, nor is it a light and fluffy comedy. 
 
Redford and Nolte are okay in this movie, but nothing anywhere near award-worthy. They are really nothing more than a couple of guys that I found myself neither rooting for or against. They were just there. 
 
There isn't anything in this film that makes it worth seeing on the big screen. The character development could have been much better, and the following of their journey is all but superficial. Plus, this film is only rated R because of language. They could have easily cut the language and made this a PG or PG-13 film to make it more accessible to the audience. 
 
It'll make for an okay Netflix night a few months from now, but you'll forget this film soon after.