The Old Man and the Gun (2018)

David Lowery directs Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck in this true life tale of Forrest Tucker, a career bank robber whose old age meant he was often overlooked by the authorities.

Just a marvellous movie. Slight but never without purpose. Redford shines as the charming rogue, all twinkle, wrinkle and leathery confidence. The movie seems like a celebration and an epilogue to his long Hollywood career. Both nostalgic tribute and playful culmination of 5 decades of handsome excellence in big screen acting. Lowery has assembled a perfect cast for Redford to bounce off of. They all manage to bring their own legacy and backstory to swiftly sketched parts. The movie doesn’t linger on cliche, it knows you’ve seen Out of Sight, Heat and The Hot Rock. So that the police procedural developments almost appear as glimpsed incidentals to the gentler, more endearing character study. Casey Affleck’s cop on the trail isn’t so much a nemesis as a younger man in a career rut who grows to admire his prey… much like the middle aged star himself must envy the back catalogue and creative freedom of his legendary co-star. Lowery adds a warm soundtrack, a lived in 16mm vision and even splices in classic footage of his icon from decades past to create a near perfect cinematic experience. I left the screen with a massive smile on my face.


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