The Old Man & the Gun: Robert Redford's last movie
IS OUR human life guided by fate, fortune or free will. These are questions I pondered after watching what is thought to be Robert Redford's last movie (he announced his decision to retire in August 2018). If it is, then he has has gone with a glorious bang. This is a beautiful movie, slow and thoughtful, yet with enough punch to keep you watching for the next move.
And it has been brought to life with a perfectly matched cast.
"The Old Man & the Gun," is a crime comedy based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), a career criminal and prison escape artist known for his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public
Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. Other great actors to contribute to the calibre of this movie include Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter and Tom Waits.
Many critics are saying Redford hit the peak of his career with this film and there really is something unsettling in the way Redford portrays a charming criminal, who seems to have no choice in what he does. Is this man's life pre-destined, did he have no choice but to take up a career path that offered the type of adrenalin rush, only the rare person could follow.
Fate, fortune, free will chose legendary filmmakers of the time, David Lowery, to write the script and direct the film. Certainly, this great storyline pulled off with masterful acting that both pulls on the emotions and pushes you along its provocative journey.
It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2018 and was released in the United States on September 28, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures. It's in Australian cinemas from November 15.
The Old Man & the Gun is gentle, easy going entertainment.