The Old Man & the Gun
A bank robber dodges the cops and charms his marks.
If this really is the last we’ll see of Robert Redford on screen, it “couldn’t be a more perfect adieu,” said Brian Truitt in USA Today. The role of a genial bank robber, which recalls the likable rogues of The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, brings out in the 82-year-old actor “so much of what we’ve always loved.” Forrest Tucker has escaped prison 18 times and continues staging holdups for the fun of it, brandishing a gun but also a winning smile. He is so self-assured, in fact, that he halts a getaway to help a stranded woman—played by a “glorious” Sissy Spacek, said Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. Tucker invites her to lunch, and though she’s skeptical about his confession that he’s a bank robber, they develop a flirty rapport that’s “the essence of screen chemistry.” Tom Waits and Danny Glover play Tucker’s accomplices, said Gwilym Mumford in TheGuardian.com, while Casey Affleck is the detective who can’t help admiring Tucker’s skill as he tries to hunt the gang down. From start to finish, the film is a strange homage to its star and 1970s-style Hollywood filmmaking. Still, “it would require a true curmudgeon to not derive pleasure from that twinkling performance from Redford, radiating smoothness, wisdom, and charm to the very end.” ■