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What’s Poppin’: “Going in Style”

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Whats Poppin: Going in Style
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“Going In Style” stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin.

 

And there you have it.

 

That’s all this film has going for it. A main cast including those three acting legends is the only reason audience members would schlep out to see “Going In Style” and, ultimately, that’s its only redeeming quality.

 

Here is a dull, shamefully unfunny display of talented, legendary actors simply collecting a paycheck. Their charisma makes the film bearable but doesn’t save it from being the great, big bore that it is.

 

Through its 96-minute duration, there are two or three genuinely funny moments. One of these moments feature the three old men attempting a grocery store robbery, followed by a fast getaway in an electronic wheelchair. It’s a shame that the rest of the movie doesn’t have that fast-pace fun and energy.

 

This is a film that could have benefitted from a strong sense of style and visual comedy.

A film about three old men robbing a bank could have, and should have, been loads of hilarious fun. Instead, the concept is squandered and presented on a bland, uninteresting plate, lacking spark or color.

 

Director Zach Braff holds back from doing anything marginally inventive and, instead, just throws everything together and calls it a day.

 

This is studio filmmaking at its laziest.

 

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Michael Ambrosino, Entertainment Editor
Michael Ambrosino is a junior marketing major. He spent the last year as Entertainment Editor and General Manager, following his start as a Staff Writer and Assistant Entertainment Editor in years prior. This year, he aims to increase interaction with the student body within his section and maintain coverage of both on-campus and off-campus events. Have any questions? Email Michael at [email protected]

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