When Robert Redford was younger, the handsome matinee actor would emphasize giving the camera its “good side” and the audience would melt. He is older now and does not try to hide it, but then, it is not necessary. People do not forget an interpreter like Redford, whose movie star charisma is slow and sexy like a Harley Davidson engine even when he’s not doing anything, and that means a movie like “The Old Man and the Gun” by David Lowery, a dapper, discreet riff in the genre bank robber, can play soft things, relying on the charm of Redford to fuel the show.
In what the actor has indicated is likely to be his last film role, Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a certified rascal who, in 1981 at the age of 76, was arrested for a series of small-time robberies. More than 80 ballads, all said (by David Grann, whose story for The New Yorker inspired the movie). Tucker was caught many times over the years, but somehow he always found a way to escape. Along with the accomplices of pension age Teddy (Danny Glover, it’s always a treat, and an actor who never gets too old for this shit) and Waller (Tom Waits, whose story “and that’s why I hate Christmas” is a Tucker would go quietly to a bank, politely ask the manager, show him a gun and leave with a bag full of cash in the cashier’s drawers.
That highlights the roll to one side, the film largely bypasses the “punishment” part of Tucker’s life and instead focuses on the “crime”. First we found it in the early 60’s in Texas, where during a break from a bank robbery he meets the widowed owner Jewel, played by Sissy Spacek. Initially using it simply as a support in their escape, Tucker soon realizes that he shares a romantic spark with Jewel, and in the coming years the couple meets periodically whenever Tucker is “working” in the area. Jewel is prudent with Tucker’s mischievous disposition, but, deliberately or not, remains ignorant of the true extent of his criminality.
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When we met Tucker two decades later, he has acquired a couple of accomplices, Walker (Tom Waits) and Teddy (Danny Glover). In the course of several banking jobs, we got to know his operation, with Teddy the driver of the break, Walker the watchman and Tucker carrying out the robberies. He does so with a remarkable class, gently insinuating that he has a weapon, calmly asking the cashier to fill his bag with cash, before leaving the building languidly.
The exploits of the trio soon grant them the title “The Over the Hill Gang”, although in fact Redford does not seem older than in the scene of opening of the film, which raises the brief possibility that it can share the same characteristics that Casey Affleck. -Track diagram in A Ghost Story. In fact, it is Affleck, like Detective John Hunt, who is in charge of taking the Over the Hill gang to justice. A father of two in his 40s and struggling to adapt to domestic comfort, Hunt spies an opportunity for some excitement. Everything is a game for him and for You