Hero Man and Missus Lady watched two bank heist movies recently. I thought that was unusual because they don't normally like that kind of movie. But, then they weren't the usual slick, devilish robbery films with young or younger folks. No. The main characters are in their 70s. Mewwwwwwww.
One movie was made in England, while the other was based in the United States. The story lines are similar. The seniors are upstanding citizens who manage to live comfortably on their limited income. Then, pow! their former companies announce that they are doing poorly so they must decrease or stop the monthly current pensions. Mewwwwwww.
Golden Years (2016)
Setting: Southwest England (filming was done in Bristol and the Cotswolds)
Arthur and Martha become criminals by accident. Arthur is standing by the bank door when the armored car guard bumps into Arthur and is knocked out cold. The locked satchel full of money pops out of the truck. Arthur's reaction: Take the money and run. Arthur gives some of the money away to friends anonymously. When Martha finds out what happened, she chooses to join Arthur in robbing more banks. Over time, their friends get into the act, too.
The police officers are bumbling, unsympathetic characters. To us, viewers, that is. I almost wanted Arthur and Martha and friends to get away with their bad deeds. Purrrrrrrr.
Going in Style (2017)
Setting: New York City
While the English story felt comfy cozy, the American one was a stylized comedy, probably because of the big-name actors—Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. It seems that if a movie features old fogeys, one or more of these actors are in the film. Going in Style is a remake. The original one starred George Burns and Art Carney. I wonder if that one had more laughs. Purrrrrrrrr.
The idea of robbing a bank comes to Michael Caine's mind after witnessing a robbery at his bank where he was trying to get financial assistance after his pension went kaput. He convinces his friends (Freeman and Arkin) to rob their bank, which wasn't difficult since they no longer had pensions either. The trio are trained the criminal elements by a pet store owner named Jesus. When they finally rob the bank, they get away with over 2 million dollars. Mewwwwwww.
And, yes, the FBI agent solving the robbery, as well as the first bank robbery, is a character one doesn't want to like.
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