The Old Man and the Gun review - Robert Redford plays a bank robber who escaped prison 18 times
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Verdict: an effortlessly captivating crime caper is the perfect last hurrah for Robert Redford “This story, also, is mostly true,” were the first words to come up on the screen. Directed by David Lowery, The Old Man and the Gun (2018) is an American crime comedy film that tells the real story of Forrest Tucker, a 70 year-old man that made a living out of robbing banks, was constantly being arrested and spent his life in and out of prison. It's based on the 2003 The New Yorker article The Old Man and the Gun, by David Grann. There is one aspect that distinguishes this professional robber from all the ones we are used to seeing in films: his peculiar style. Tucker, or Bob, as he initially pretends to be called, robs banks by making eye-contact with the manager and casually opening his coat, revealing a gun. That is all - no shouting, no threats, no violence. He always walks away with a smile. Bank managers describe him as a “nice fella, very polite, happy”. One day, he offers a ride to Jewel, an enchanting old lady who he catches fixing her car on the driveway. Through meeting after meeting, they share quite an unusual romance. Jewel’s passion for horses and the countryside perfectly match Tucker’s peacefulness and resilience. Both are particularly wise, tough but calm - possibly due to a hard past. However, Tucker is still, in the eyes of the law, a criminal. Robert Redford (Tucker) and Sissy Spacek (Jewel) do a superb job playing these characters. The sense of mystery and ammbiguity surrounding the couple demands the actors to be acutely sensible to the characters’ features, and these veterans of cinenma pull it off without breaking a sweat. Tucker keeps robbing banks and seeing Jewel, who isn’t as important as his passion for trouble. This exquisite hunger for money is often challenged by this lady, who unsuccessfully encourages him to live a lawful life.
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