The Old Man And The Gun
Robert Redford’s final curtain call comes with The Old Man And The Gun. He’s announced that it is his last acting performance on the big screen. I can say, he went out with grace. Much like Redford himself, this movie is simple, easy going, but rich in texture.
You can tell that his body feels its age. While he is in good shape, a more fragile Redford saunters across the screen. His mind is sharp though and there is that good-natured smile that compliments a mischievous glow in the eye as he portrays the semi-true story of a famous bank robber responsible for over 100 crimes, and who escaped more than a dozen times from prison.
The movie is about the nature of our personalities. What makes us who we are. There is a line (and I am paraphrasing here) about how it isn’t about making a living as much as it is about living. Redford brings this nugget across to the point I think everyone in the seats related and ended up rooting for his character.
And surprisingly at an 11 a.m. showing, there were plenty of people in the seats. I’d say the cinema was at least 1/3 full. Mostly by fans who probably had followed Redford his whole career. There’s nothing wrong with that.
In fact, here and there, Redford paid a little inside homage to his film past. There was a finger across the nose reminiscent of ‘The Sting’ along with a clip of him from an early film he had done. Little inside nods dotted the movie.
Redford is helped by Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, and Tom Waits. And of course, in a nod to an earlier film, Redford steals a horse who had a nice cameo. I give this movie a 4 of 5 on the rating scale. It was enjoyable and bittersweet because much like the character he plays here, time is the only thing that has slowed Redford down. Below are my top 10 Redford Films (acting) besides this one:
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
All Is Lost
The Way We Were
All The President’s Men
The Great Waldo Pepper
The Last Castle