The Old Man & the Gun

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.


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