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Stand Up Guys [DVD]
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Old-timer gangster comedy starring Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. Aging gangster Val (Pacino) is picked up by his old friend and partner Doc (Walken) as he is released from prison after serving a 28-year sentence for refusing to snitch on another associate. The two reflect on the times they've spent together before deciding to break their other partner (Alan Arkin) out of a retirement home to reunite the whole gang. In an attempt to relive their glory days they steal a car and wind up at a nearby brothel, but as time progresses they learn that one of them is holding a secret and there may be one last job on the cards...
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Overall Stand Up Guys is a gratifying film on various levels, mixing old school charm, subtle humor & a little playful smut to make it palatable enough to sit through. The majority of the film focuses on the characters with their family, friendship, regrets, ageing, reliving their past antics one last time & trying to put things right before they shuffle off this mortal coil. Which includes a lot of sitting, drinking, eating or sniffing pharmaceuticals in diners & clubs. Frequenting the local brothel, breaking into a pharmacy for viagra & handing out some old school justice. They're are a few pieces of excitement to keep you awake & break things up, as Doc's will he, won't he whack Val story line rumbles along underneath, keeping you kinda guessing, and it does briefly finish in a stylish fashion, albeit with one of those love/hate ambiguity endings.
The acting isn't the finest work from the trio, but more than amiable. Al Pacino (Scarface) is the lively, excitable risk taker & catalyst of the evenings events. Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) is well, Walken, laid back going with the flow as Val's piggy bank. Alan Arkin (...Read more ›
And thus this hybrid of comedy, thriller, and drama is superb, if far fetched and unbelievable at times, simply based on the subtle performances from the two leads it breezes along with it's short run time.
The story is simple - Pacino is released from prison and picked up by his old gangster buddy Walken, and they embark on a crazy booze, drug fuelled night of mayhem, involving numerous quirky characters, hookers, car chases, lots of food (random but they do eat a lot in a short space of time in this film) more hookers, assaults, robbery and much too much to list.
The film plays like a swansong to these old legends, as they reminisce about the past and indulge in everything on screen that made them such acting legends in other films.
Though no where near the same in tone (this is far more violent and foul mouthed) it did remind me of the Jack Nicolson/Morgan Freeman movie The bucket list, in that you got too very old world weary characters just hanging out doing wild stuff as they know there time in life is coming to a wind down.
Sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but very memorable - a good watch.
...which is underpinned by rock solid, hardman, mobbed-up sensibilities worthy of any violent old lags who've survived a lifetime of violence on the streets and inside. Brilliant.
The set-up is simple: Pacino is released from prison after serving a 28-year stretch. He's been a stand-up guy all along, not grassing on his mates. His oldest friend - seemingly his only friend - Walken, meets him at the gates. They're awkward and uncertain. Walken's life has shrivelled. He lives in a cramped apartment (with cable TV, ooh). He paints. He tries to establish a relationship with his granddaughter. He's been out of the game for years, sidelined by the next generation, forced into obscurity. And now he's under orders to kill his friend by 10am the next morning: a final act of revenge from the current crime king of New York.
So begins one last night of revelry; utterly unsentimental, frequently bawdy without being crass (the inevitable Viagra scene is cripplingly funny), righteous, violent and rewarding as the pair drag their old driver (superbly subtle turn by Alan Arkin, especially in the brothel) out of his care home, steal a sports car and hit the town one last time. The old lions go for one last prowl and while they may look toothless, the moments when they give it one last roar are a total treat.
Stand Up Guys embraces the inevitability of death without being maudlin or mawkish.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible, Pacino at the top of his game says it all. One of Pacinos best films in some time, i would rate this film 10 stars if i could. AMAZING! well worth the moneyPublished 7 months ago by Tony Croker
A charming film that has a real story about friendship, the story revolves around three aging ex-cons who decide to have one last night of fun, dark at times and a serious story of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by N. W. Williams
Disappointed by this film, such a great cast. But perhaps i have been stingy with the stars given how cheap it was.Published 8 months ago by RMN