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‘Going in Style’: A Heist Film with Heart

A good heist film always has a certain formula: action, exotic places, cool villains, high-speed chases, and gorgeous leading ladies. “Going in Style” has all of the above, as well as heart and comedy. With three award-winning actors, this film directed by Zach Braff (yes, J.D. from “Scrubs” has directed a film) was surprisingly good.
The plot featured three seniors, played by Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin, who are fed up with being walked all over and ignored by the big banks. When their hard-earned pensions are cut because their jobs are going overseas, it’s the final straw. They decide to take matters into their own hands… by executing a heist on the bank and stealing $1.2 million. It would go smoothly (more or less); that is, if they knew how to rob a bank.
Watching these legendary actors play three angry old men robbing a bank brought sheer joy and laughter, but I also truly found myself cheering them on to get the money. This film was a good watch; it was fun to see an action film treated so lightly, while also having a good message (and no, that doesn’t mean it’s O.K. to rob a bank). It was also great to see the famous Ann-Margret on the big screen again as the leading lady. 
To me, this film was about the middle-class man getting back at Wall Street, but it wasn’t overdone in a way that brought the film down. The friendship and determination along the men’s journey showed them a better way of looking at life, teaching both them and the audience that living life to the fullest and going after what you want are important. 
All in all, I found this film to be a fun film to watch. There are times in the film that you do feel sorry for the characters; Caine’s character, Joe, faces foreclosure, while Freeman’s character, Willie, needs a new kidney. It makes the viewer cheer for their success (even though their methods are illegal).
Do I find anything bad to say about this film? Surprisingly, I don’t find “Going in Style” bad (I know… I can hear the gasping from a mile away). This is a very good film, one you could bring your grandparents to see. Just make sure they don’t get any ideas after seeing it.