I was really looking forward to this film.
It has charm but the story is disappointing. Rotten Tomatoes has a review score of 7.6 and generally the critics have been kind to the film. I would give it about 5/10. A bad film? No. Easy-going, but not overly engaging. Robert Redford does these films in his sleep, and this time he was a bit drowsy.
The Old Man & the Gun offers a top-notch cast in this low-key story. The cast shines with what they are offered, though it feels like a lot was left on the cutting room floor. The compilation of material not used in the film helps a bit, but I was left not really knowing any of these characters very well.
I won’t spoil the ending, but while it may be consistent with the Redford character, I felt it was unsatisfying.
I will watch the film in a year or so, and my opinion may be different, that sometimes happens.
Reportedly, this is Redford’s last film as an actor. I was just hoping for a better goodbye.