The Old Man and the Gun
I love a bit of David Lowery. Not a lot of people talked about it unfortunately, but A Ghost Story was one of the very best films of last year. It was a surefire top 5 of the year. I saw promo for The Old Man and the Gun but for whatever reason I kept forgetting that Lowery was behind this film. The even more incredible thing is that this was the final film of screen legend Robert Redford. This film was thoroughly enjoyable and is an incredible swan song for Redford.
The film is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, a career criminal and escape artist and how he had a run in with a detective (played by Casey Affleck). Tucker has explained prison many times and has robbed many banks. Its his profession and he feels alive when he does it. The thing about Tucker is he does illegal acts but is a complete gentleman while doing it. The film also has appearances by Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek, and Elisabeth Moss.
I think this was a really good final performance by Robert Redford. Admittedly, I’m not his biggest fan and less of a fan of his directional efforts. Its hard to deny his on screen talent and presence though. He plays the role of Tucker with a disarming charm. Its a perfect final role for him. The film is all around smart, calm, and witty. Lowery knows how to bring the style once again and understands work behind the camera. Everything about the way the film is shot is excellent.
Its not as good as A Ghost Story but The Old Man with the Gun should solidify Lowery as a great talent working today. The cast interact so well and everything is set up so nicely for Redford to ride off into the sunset after this film. Maybe one day we will see Brad Pitt play Robert Redford in a biopic. I can’t be the only one who sees that strong resemblance, young Redford is basically Pitt.