Robert Redford has had a glorious career. He’s the man who founded the Sundance Film Festival, earned an academy award in directing for 1981’s Ordinary People and starred in legendary films such as The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Now after 58 years of acting, the Sundance Kid is hanging up his boots, but he has one role left in him.
Redford’s last role comes to us in the form of David Lowery’s The Old Man & The Gun. He plays Forrest Tucker, a 70-year-old gentleman bank robber who lives for the moment. Forrest soon finds himself in a game of cat and mouse when detective John Hunt, played by Casey Affleck, gets on his the case, as well as being infatuated with a woman he helped named Jewel, played by Sissy Spacek.
Lowery, who had previously directed Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon and one of my favourite films of last year, A Ghost Story, takes a wholesome approach to this cops and robbers drama. The film itself poetically emulates the man it documents. Cute, sweet and charming, The Old Man & The Gun is simply a pleasant and comfortable viewing experience anchored by a lovable performance from Redford. The film isn’t particularly big on thrills or story as it starts to show in the films final act, however it makes up for it by oozing positivity and happiness that’s simply infectious. The Old Man & The Gun practices what it preaches. It’s a charming little film that has a lot of fun living its best life. Overall, The Old Man & The Gun is an easy watch for everyone, that works best as an adorable swan song for its star, Robert Redford.