The Old Man & the Gun, written and directed by David Lowery, is a devilishly charming film in which you’ll willingly and effortlessly fall in love with its characters, and eagerly get lost in its simple but endearing story. It could be argued that the film meanders along; it’s not exactly the most thrilling experience for a general audience, which I’ll explore in my review, but there’s something that’s just lovely about this film, and I’m looking forward to writing my review of it… so let’s get to it.
Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker who at the age of 70 was still robbing banks and confusing both law enforcement and the people he was robbing with his charm and smile.
Before I fully jump into my review of The Old Man & the Gun, I would like to preface it by letting you know that at the time of writing it I am bed bound from sickness, and so trying to coherently put this review together is currently a struggle. But in my pursuit to turn this hobby into a career, one must push through the suffering and try to get a review out on time. So, if my review ends up being a little shorter than usual, or not to the usual quality that I put out, I apologise for that and hope you can understand why that is. Anyway, enough with these excuses, let’s get to why you clicked on this in the first place.
There was much that I loved about my time with The Old Man & the Gun – and I’ll try to make sure I get to talking about as much of it as possible – but an aspect I particularly enjoyed was how unabashedly personal and thoughtful it was. There’s an intimacy and a sense of life in this film that you don’t see to the extent that this film achieves it. And so much of that comes from our protagonist, Forrest Tucker – who is technically also the film’s antagonist, as he is a bank robber after all. There’s an infectious amount of positivity and freedom to him. A youthful life beams from him, and it not only charms the characters who have the pleasure of interacting with him – despite the fact that some of them are looking down the barrel of a gun – but we the audience will also fully give ourselves over to his charming ways – I know I certainly did.
It’s a character who I was fascinated by. There were so many layers to him, and each layer posed questions that had me emotionally engaged, and infinitely intrigued. What also helped in bolstering my love for the character was the wonderful performance by Robert Redford; who was so perfect in the role that I can’t picture anyone else playing the character. Redford’s cheeky smile and his comforting presence made my time with both actor and character an effortlessly enjoyable time from one scene to the next.
And for me, that’s what writer, director, David Lowery’s film was for me; an effortlessly enjoyable experience. Now, I do see the very slow pace of the film being a struggle for some; but knowing what type of storyteller Lowery is, I knew I was walking into a film where I’d either have to get on board with his unique style, or accept being left behind. If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing his previous film, ‘A Ghost Story’, the you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I walked into this film really excited for the journey I was about to embark on, and left feeling completely fulfilled. My only major gripe with the film isn’t in fact the fault of the film itself. The trailers for the film gave away nearly every significant part of the film, and it did cause me to know what was coming before it happened, or what line of dialogue would be uttered next. It’s a shame that the trailers robbed the film of some of these moments, but it thankfully didn’t tarnish the film or the experience for me.
I absolutely recommend, The Old Man & the Gun. It’s simple, it’s sweet and it’s endearing. An easy film to sit down and enjoy and one I’m thoroughly glad I got to do so with.
I’d like to apologise for the briefness of this review and the lack of other reviews on my blog this past week. As I mentioned, I’ve been extremely ill, and it’s made it very difficult to find the strength to do anything. Things should be back to normal soon and I’ll be filling the pages with reviews again soon, I promise.
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