CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.
Film Review: Misguided Remake of ‘Going in Style’ is Just a Product
CHICAGO – In 1979, there was a beautifully understated film called “Going in Style,” taking on the issues of aging, loneliness and the forgotten senior citizens in society. Those issues have not altered in our modern society, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that with the 2017 remake of “Going in Style.”
The “oldsters” in this redux are Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan Freeman (who seems to be closing his career by making these “last act” movies), as opposed to George Burns, Lee Strasberg and Art Carney in the original. The new crew can’t hold a candle to the old, not because of any acting chops, but because of the situation that screenwriter Theodore Melfi and director Zach Braff puts them in. Instead of an exploration of aging in America – filtered through three old guys robbing a bank – this is just another superhero movie, where the crew knows more than anyone, and gets away with everything. Add in cute kids, coy sentiment and old people stereotypes (at least Christopher Lloyd is working), and this remade story has no style.
Joe (Michael Caine), Albert (Alan Arkin) and Willie (Morgan Freeman) are friends in Brooklyn, and are retired on pensions from the same steel company. The rug is pulled from them when the pensions are rescinded when the company is sold, and the bank that is dissolving the pension fund is the same one that the three pals use as customers.
After witnessing a robbery at the same bank, Joe comes up with the idea to do a heist themselves, to save his home. They get help from Jesus (John Ortiz) and plan an elaborate ruse. At the same time, Albert is being wooed by Annie (Ann-Margret) and Joe is trying to get his ex son-in-law back into his granddaughter’s life. Suddenly these old guys have a lot to do.
Albert (Alan Arkin), Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Joe (Michael Caine) in ‘Going in Style’
Photo credit: Warner Bros.