Robert Redford makes a sweet robber in ‘Old Man and the Gun’

Robert Redford makes a sweet robber in ‘Old Man and the Gun’

Robert Redford has stated “The Outdated Man and the Gun” will probably be his closing film as an actor. He is perhaps bluffing, and this might actually be his personal Cher “Farewell Tour.” However whether it is certainly his final, it’s not a dangerous approach to exit.

The 82-year-old movie star performs real-life con man and financial institution robber Forrest Tucker who, at 70 years previous, escaped San Quentin Jail and went on a cross-country bank-robbing spree. He busted out of numerous clinks earlier than that. Folks liked him.

Tucker wasn’t a thug, or a masked strongman terrorizing his means into vaults. For his heists, he went on the allure offensive, kindly letting tellers know “That is a theft,” with a smile and not often brandishing a weapon. Redford — cordial, smooth-voiced, quintessentially American — is the excellent decide for the most agreeable robber of all time.

Whereas Tucker is often swiping money from banks — with a group of mates the press calls “The Over-the-hill Gang” — he meets Jewel (Sissy Spacek) at a diner. She’s a single girl who is instantly taken together with his down-home sophistication. Tucker tells her he’s a legal, and, googly-eyed, she thinks he’s kidding. Sparks fly between Spacek and Redford.

There’s a speck of battle in the movie, delivered in a forgettable efficiency from Casey Affleck as Detective John Hunt, Tucker’s pursuer. Versus being Tucker’s foe and foil, Hunt is a bemused observer. Affleck turns into Redford’s hanger-on, loitering on-screen whereas the performing legend wows.

Don’t come to “The Outdated Man and the Gun” searching for a tense caper. It’s in all probability the most enjoyable film you’ll ever watch about a critical legal. Not like “Catch Me If You Can,” whose colourful fundamental man Frank Abagnale Jr. dedicated comparable wrongdoings — stealing, false identities, evading police — “Outdated Man” isn’t hilarious or modern. It’s mellow, like a campfire story, or your grandpa’s tales set to whiskey. Redford’s voice by no means turns into louder than your common therapist’s.

Director David Lowery, who helmed the surprisingly wonderful “Pete’s Dragon” in 2016, brings his folksy coronary heart and small-town aesthetic right here, too. He’s additionally introduced alongside Redford, who starred in “Pete’s Dragon,” and the pair are clearly like-minded.

Relatively than framing Tucker’s life as an intriguing little bit of historical past, the duo seize on the man’s relatable mindset. He’s simply a man getting on in years who prefers a few thrills to an everlasting Florida retirement. Tucker didn’t steal to reside, he lived to steal.

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