Sunday, October 28, 2018

UUAWOL film review - The Old Man & The Gun with Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek

On this rainy Sunday afternoon, The Old Man & The Gun was sold out at the 1:40 PM showing at the Pittsford Cinema in Pittsford, NY, 10/28/18, with no one in the audience under 50 and many struggling to enter and exit the theater with walkers.

Old Man & The Gun is based on the true life story of Forest Tucker who made a reputation as a bank robber and prison breaker in the 70s and 80s. There is a minor love story when Forest, in his 70s, has a romantic interlude with a girl friend, Jewel.

The film is comedic, romantic, for Forest is a charmer with good manners even as he is robbing banks, but short on meaning as Forest can't seem to master his addiction as, once out of prison in his 70s for his last string of robberies, settles in with Jewel and then goes out and robs four banks in one day, apparently, just for the fun of it.

The film includes some fine actors such as Redford, Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Casy Affleck, but the story, other than minimally entertaining for the farsical nature of it, has no redeeming social value that I can see.

The only value derrived from viewing this film on Sunday afternoon is that it was better than watching football.

Unless you would be willing to settle for mindless entertainment, I would skip this film and find something more meaningful to do with your time.

On the UU AWOL 10 point film scale,  The Old Man & The Gun, earns a 5.

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