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.

Handling Their Truth (Movie Thoughts: Truth)

truth-300x442Can Cate Blanchett do no wrong? I feel like, just like Meryl, she elevates whatever anything she is on, and that is certainly true with “Truth.” In this movie, Blanchett plays Mary Mapes, the CBS News producer responsible for the 2004 investigation of President George W Bush’s National Guard sham of a service (an accusation that was never denied by the White House)  But, scrutiny of some documents led to her downfall, and eventually Dan Rather’s as well. The movie, written and directed by James Vanderbilt, based on Mapes’ book. This may not be the fairest source for this story, but the film painstakingly recreates this version of what happened, how CBS threw its news division under the bus, instead of protecting their news team. This movie shows how nowadays, sound bites are more important than the actual story, and how small details can obscure the real questions in pertinent issues. I thought it was a fascinating story, and as I said, Blanchett is a joy to watch – we see her embody Mapes’ character, and believe. Redford does a more subdued portrayal of Rather, and even though they look dissimilar, Redford captures the newsman’s spirit, and after a while, you cease to see Redford and you start seeing Rather. This is a great his-and-hers performance, and I hope the movie finds an audience. It isn’t doing terribly well, as the film is being buried among the Fall releases.