Movie Review: The Old Man and The Gun (2018)

The Old Man and The Gun

Forrest Tucker is a polite, dapper, and immensely charming 70-year-old man, with old-fashioned manners. He is, as one person who met him briefly explains, “Well, he was also sort of a gentleman.”

He also compulsively robs banks.

This delightfully quirky movie, which is based on a true story, is on the slow-paced side but is never uninteresting. That is in large part due to Robert Redford’s charismatic performance as Forrest. Redford announced his acting retirement following this movie, and he picked a great role to end his prolific career.

Special kudos also to Danny Glover and Tom Waits as his fellow geriatric accomplices–the men who comprise the Over-the-Hill Gang. I loved the interactions between these 3 guys as they plotted and carried out bank robberies. Forrest’s romance with Sissy Spacek is also rather sweet.

The movie also does a good job of maintaining a sly sense of humor about Forrest’s crimes–and inventive, frequent escapes from prison–while not at all underselling the damage his choices have done to the people in his life. Ultimately, as charming as Forrest is, he is still someone with a compulsion to commit armed robbery, and he prioritizes that above all else.

The only weak spot in this movie is, though I usually really enjoy Casey Affleck as an actor, I thought his role in this movie as the cop after Forrest was pretty bland. I don’t know that his acting was the problem or even the writing. But all things considered, I just didn’t find his character very compelling at all and was always quite happy when the story reverted back to Forrest and company.

In some ways, this movie reminded me of The Mule, which I reviewed earlier this year, because there are surface similarities between the 2 films. The difference being, this movie is quite a lot less grittier than The Mule, though that’s not a bad thing. It’s an enjoyable, intriguing, unusual film.

Have you seen The Old Man and The Gun? Did you prefer it or The Mule? What’s your favorite Robert Redford role? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog to learn more about the movie or to place it on hold.


Author: berryvillelibrary

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