You Can Have A Man With A Gun (Film Thoughts: The Old Man and The Gun)

The-Old-Man-The-Gun-Movie-PosterIs ‘The Old Man and the Gun’ really Robert Redford’s last film as an actor? if so, he leaves with a gentle bang here, because his performance as Forrest Tucker is so lived-in, so natural and effortless that in my mind, the character feels like he is Robert Redford.  But of course, Tucker Carlson is not Robert Redford, as Carlson is a bank robber and is the leader of the infamous ‘Over The Hill Gang,’ who robbed banks in the early 80s. And David Lowery’s film feels like very much of the ear, from the titles to the music, to the film filter not dissimilar to Instagram’s Vintage hues.  Before I saw the film, I wasn’t sure if this was the kind of film I would like, but I ended up really getting into it.  Sissy Spacek plays Jewel, the lady Tucker falls in love with at this point of his life, and seeing Redford and Spacek together is a treat – their chemistry so naturalistic that they would just be looking t each other and you have no doubt these characters are in love, I love the overall gentle feel of the film. It has a tenderness that you would not think this is a movie about bank robberies.  I don’t know if this film will find an audience, and I hope it does, as this is a nice send off if indeed this is Redford’s last outing as an actor.

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