10-11-2018 MOVIE REVIEW: THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (2018)
Robert Redford stars in David Lowery’s quirky crime comedy “The Old Man & The Gun” that follows an aged con named Forrest Tucker who escapes from San Quentin and conducts a series of heists and robberies throughout early 1980’s America. In pursuit of Tucker and his two associates is local detective John Hunt played by Casey Affleck who reunites with Lowery after Lowery directed him previously in dramas, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “Ghost Story.” Detective Hunt quickly learns after discussions with the FBI this isn't Tucker's first rodeo as he has successfully escaped seventeen times since the age of thirteen. The picture provides plenty of light tongue in cheek humor throughout and audiences quickly realize after the opening scene that Tucker isn’t the reincarnate of Clyde Barrow. Instead, who the police are dealing with is a romantic playboy whose become bored in prison and whose manners and smile get him anything he wants including an invite to stay in the home of his new found crush (played by Sissy Spacek). Redford as Tucker will remind viewers of his glory days as the Sundance Kid, and it’s evident Lowery used the film as a barometer for “The Old Man & The Gun.” From the opening typeface in the credits to the panning of the southwestern skylines to the fake mustache Redford dawns when he commits his robberies “The Old Man & The Gun" feels like a continuum of the 1969 Western classic and as such it was highly enjoyable throughout the brisk ninety-minute runtime. 3 out of 4 stars.