Movie Review: Going In Style (2017)

If you’re looking for a movie that emphasizes the value of family and friendships then this is one of ‘em movies. Going In Style. And altho the movie stars three elder statesmen, the story is actually funny and heart-warming.

The Synopsis. Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Like what you just saw? Guess, the oldies’ ‘slowness’ is what makes things funny; whilst their grip on life and values is what makes ’em admirable. Now for our lead characters, while Willie and Joe were cool, think Albert was the odd man out there. You know, his acting was kinda pale. But his side of the story gave us one thing, that having someone in life makes our existence more meaningful.

Anyway, tho life is led by our choices, these choices are sometimes presented in situations beyond our control — as if fate is teasing us, otherwise, simply calling us towards our life’s purpose.

From left: Morgan Freeman (a.k.a. Willie), Michael Caine (a.k.a. Joe) and Alan Arkin (a.k.a. Albert)

And that’s what happened to friends — Willie, Joe and Albert — good citizens who worked their way to retirement only to find out that they can not really expect anything from their pension funds. All because of their bank. With basic needs, illnesses and bills to pay at an old age — that’s stressful!

If it were you, what would you do?

This is not to defend or condemn what ‘em three friends did but they just did what they had to do. Get back at the bank. Still, we have to go with the right choices. And this is simply a reminder that life is unpredictable and so, we got to be ready for eventualities and yes, treasure our relationships. For at the end of the day, its these relationships that would help us pull through in life.

Lifelong partners’ Annie and Albert

Don’t be worried of growing old. That’s life. But be scared of karma. For while there are consequences to what we do, karma may not come in the form that you expect it would.

Hold on to virtues. Share your blessings. Value what really matters.

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