2018

LFF 2018: The Old Man and The Gun

Year: 2018
Directed by: David Lowery
Starring: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover

Written by Sarah Buddery

A legend of cinema since the mid-1960s, Robert Redford has certainly had an illustrious career. Now some 50+ films later, Redford tips a cap to his own career and gracefully retires from acting in the delightful throwback film The Old Man and The Gun.

The phrase “they don’t make them like they used to” could certainly be applied to Redford himself, and it is that mentality that also applies to this film. It harkens back to the capers of yesteryear, and there is an old-world charm to it that makes it the perfect swansong for Redford. With Director David Lowery at the helm, it is evident that there is love, and a real passion for the craft of filmmaking behind this film, as well as an appreciation for the lead actor.

There is a grainy authenticity to the film, and were it not for the now older appearance of Robert Redford, it could quite easily have passed for a film made much earlier in his career! The Old Man and The Gun is endlessly charming, and the care for the making of the film and the story itself permeates throughout.

From the grain of the film and the jaunty soundtrack, everything about The Old Man and The Gun is meticulously put together, and it makes for an incredibly enjoyable watch. There’s something incredibly comforting about it; in fact, it is almost like the film equivalent of curling up in front of a fire with your cosiest slippers on.

There’s a beautiful sense of melancholy to the film as well, with Robert Redford’s Forrest Tucker refusing to put his heist days behind him, but yet also accepting that his age can sometimes be a hindrance. It is also in the scenes with Sissy Spacek’s Jewel, that this film truly sparkles (pun intended!) and they have a delightful and warming on-screen chemistry. It’s refreshing to see an onscreen relationship that features an older couple, who are simply just happy to be in each other’s company. There is the sense that they are truly kindred spirits despite their huge differences and there is something about this which just makes it lovely to watch.

The Old Man and The Gun succeeds in being both an enjoyable throwback caper, as well as a great vehicle for Robert Redford at this reported final stage in his career. It is comforting, delightful, charming and endlessly endearing. Mr. Redford, the world of film will miss you!

Sarah’s Verdict:

4-5

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