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Robert Redford’s Phenomenal Final Role in The Old Man & The Gun
By Morgan Rojas
In the latest film from director David
Lowery, The Old Man & The Gun is a highenergy,
high-stakes crime comedy about a
senior citizen with a criminal record and a
heart of gold. Entertaining from start to finish,
the most fascinating aspect of this unbelievably
bonkers story is that it’s (mostly) true.
In his final acting role, the charming
Robert Redford plays Forrest Tucker -- an
American career criminal who spent his
whole life getting thrown into and breaking
out of prison: 18 times to be exact. When
we meet him, he had already escaped from
California’s San Quentin State Prison via
a handmade kayak and was knee-deep in
completing a sling of successful bank
robberies. At 70 years old, he, along with
his two aging accomplices Waller (Tom
Waits) and Teddy (Danny Glover), is the
perfect criminal. It’s not only because he
looks totally incapable of making off with
thousands of dollars at gunpoint and therefore
has been overlooked by police for years, but
also because he is just so gosh-darn nice to
His niceness also wins over the heart of
Jewel (Sissy Spacek), a woman he meets
while dodging the boys in blue. Forrest
proves that he can be both a gentleman and
a robber, and this paradox makes for such an
enjoyable character arc as he is faced with
the highs and lows of his unconventional
profession. One person who isn’t so amused
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight.
with his antics is Officer John Hunt (Casey
Affleck), a 40-year-old family man who finds
himself two steps behind the senior citizen
criminals, whom he has dubbed the “Over
the Hill” gang. Despite Forrest being the
“bad guy” (technically speaking), I found
myself rooting for his success. In a twisted
way, it seems as if Hunt wants Forrest to
succeed as well.
Lowery is a master of incorporating poignant
musical artists in his films. In 2017’s
A Ghost Story, he used the L.A.-based
indie band Dark Rooms to bring the moodiness
and mystic with their song “I Get
Overwhelmed” (which has since become of
one my favorite emo anthems). The Pete’s
Dragon soundtrack includes an eclectic
group of artists, mixing in Leonard Cohen,
St. Vincent and The Lumineers. In The Old
Man & The Gun, Lowery continues this
fantastic merging of mediums by using an
unexpectedly fitting uptempo jazz score
throughout the film. What really knocks it out
of the park is the use of Jackson C. Frank’s
“Blues Run the Game” during a final chase
montage. The crackling of the vinyl and the
smoothness of Frank’s voice is the perfect
complement to Tucker’s aesthetic and one
of the film’s more memorable moments.
Lowery has created a brilliantly entertaining
and rich film with The Old Man & The Gun.
From start to finish, Redford captivates with
his charming personality and confidence. It
is also refreshing to see a love story unfold
between Forrest and Jewel. That initial spark
that ignites when you realize you’ve met “the
one” is usually only seen between younger
characters, but Lowery gives the older generation
another chance to experience this
delicate part of life, proving you’re never
too old for love… and money.
The Old Man & The Gun is rated PG-13
for brief strong language. 93 minutes. Opening
this Friday at ArcLight Hollywood and
the Landmark. •
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