Stand Up Guys Movie Reviews
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I really wanted to like this film because the cast is so great, unfortunately the film was not good and I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters. The film was very disappointing because it was cheesy and very predictable, with such a stellar cast i should have been way better than it was. Arkin seems to be extremely unhappy to be in this film and I can understand why, but it was so obvious that it made the film almost un-watchable. The film is a real mess, the tone was other the place and the story was going nowhere. Overall, this film is definitely not worth seeing in the theaters, even though the cast is pretty amazing.
I guess I'm a sucker for a buddy movie and this one is a great twist on that old classic. "Thelma & Louise" is probably my favorite all time (and it's about two women!) and then there's everyone's favorite buddy movie "Toy Story" (it is SO magical, all three of them actually), but "Stand Up Guys" is a gem of a movie that everyone should see because it takes this old theme and puts a new twist on it by giving it an updated but older twist. It's about three guys who some might call baddies (yeah, they're mobsters...it stars Pacino and Walken, whaddya expect??) but they are very attached to each other and they love each other like best friends for life and as brothers. I teared up a bit at the end because it all seemed so real and so final. Al Pacino and Christopher Walken and my all time fave Alan Arkin all have amazing chemistry together and they light up the screen when they're on at the same time. This one should be nominated for best ensemble cast. Such amazing talent in one movie!!!
Like most of America, I grew up watching "The Godfather" movies and thinking that there was nothing better than a gangster movie with Al Pacino. Well, that was 40 years ago and Pacino hasn't gotten the memo though the rest of the world has. This movie is decent, though it barely makes the grade as good and I definitely don't think anyone will be watching this even on broadcast television when it comes out. It's about three gangsters who are reunited after almost 30 years apart and things resume between the three of them as bosom buds. Unfortunately, one of them is under contract to kill one of the others and this feels like cheating. I hope this doesn't deter people from liking the performances because they are much better than the movie. Sadly they are not enough to make the movie better. I'd go so far as to say that this is a trio of performances in search of a better and stronger movie.
Oh boy. Another movie about elderly men kicking butt. Didn’t buy it in The Expendables or its hilariously bad sequel, and I’m not quite sure that I bought it this time either, even though this go-around stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin.
Stand Up Guys is a movie about reunions: its story tells the frankly sad tale of a former goon named Val (Pacino) who gets out of prison after nearly three decades and is reunited with his old besties, Doc and Hirsch (yes, I know: all the names in this movie are straight out of a 1930s comic book). The men are still bosom buddies and pick up (almost) exactly where they left off…except that one of them is carrying a heavy, mob-induced burden: he must commit another murder. Who is the target of this man-made demise? No guesses for guessing it’s one of their own.
In a way, the movie has its own charm. I can appreciate the fact the makers wanted to reunite Pacino and Walken in a movie about their favorite turf – the Mafia. I also like the fact that they tried to make it about more than a bunch of guys in their 60s ordering hits on their rivals. It’s more about their relationship and how the Mafia – in a twisted and demented form – becomes the bedrock of the lives and loves for those who die by its rules.
Unfortunately, the movie starts to feel like Sex and the City, except that the four middle aged women have been replaced by three senior citizen men, the white linen lunch table at Nordstroms has been replaced by a seedy bar at a “Joisey” diner, and the martinis are now Viagra. The men spend so much time talking about love, relationships, their hopes and dreams, etc., you almost wish one of them would take out a gun and shoot one of the others just to make something else happen. In the end, it kind of does and it kind of doesn’t, but you don’t seem to care by that point.
Methinks it’s time to put away the Corleones, once and for all. Oh, and Mr. Pacino: see if you can get your agent to connect you with Meryl Streep. She’ll show you how to find meaningful roles in the twilight of your film career.