Golden Years

Golden Years

Streaming Video - 2017
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Retired couple Arthur (Bernard Hill, Wolf Hall, The Lord of the Rings films) and Martha (Virginia McKenna, The Camomile Lawn) Goode live a quiet suburban life, tending to their garden and socializing with friends at their club. But when the nation's financial crisis empties their hard-earned pension accounts, the couple seizes the opportunity to replenish their funds through a series of bank robberies. Dressed in masks and armed with cucumbers as guns, the unlikely criminal duo makes national news. But with detectives Sid (Alun Armstrong, New Tricks) and Stringer (Brad Moore, North v South) closing in on them and their beloved club in talks to become a supermarket, the Goodes enlist their friends' help to pull off one last, audacious heist. This fast-paced comedy-drama features an internationally renowned cast, also including Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Phil Davis (Poldark), Ellen Thomas (EastEnders), Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey), and Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral)
Publisher: [United States] : Acorn, 2017.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 96 min.)) : sd., col.
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misatim
Mar 10, 2018

Most enjoyable, top notch acting by one of the greatest casts you could assemble. The story is very close to home in today's society. Take the time to enjoy this wonderful film

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richmole
Jan 21, 2018

How do you like your comedy? Broad and farcical? Falling-down slap-stick? Subtle and satirical?

This is a bad example of the first. The very best comedy combines two or more of the above--the leading practitioner, in my opinion, is Jim Carrey (Liar, Lair and The Mask are standouts.) None of these performers are Carrey, but they're not entirely to blame for missing the mark (or, most marks) with this lacklustre "caper" flick. Film-crime (and I mean it) accomplices are the scriptwriter and director.

I like my comedy really funny--this isn't--and that's enough, but it helps when the snickers come from sharp, comic finger-pokes at moral or social issues. A hammer (employed here) simply dulls the effect.

I barely signed this out when I noticed that 101 others were waiting to borrow it. That's not surprising, given Fraser Valley and library demographics, and a movie plot that could be described as "Old codgers--and codger-esses--fight back against being sidelined socially and economically." But warned, people! I could have done better; you can, too.

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EB8624
Dec 14, 2017

Unless you have time to waste, it's really not worth it at all.

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tenet
Dec 13, 2017

Rated 4/10. Lots of good talented actors in this movie, but disappointed with the script.

It was definitely not as funny as the trailer that we saw that convinced us to watch this.

The ending was rushed, with lots of loose ends not tied up. It felt "unfinished".

All-in-all, could have been so much better. The 4 rating is for the actors' efforts.

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wildct2003
Oct 02, 2017

If you have low standards and like watching older good actors working with a mediocre script with lots of loose ends, this film is for you.

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hecto
Aug 20, 2017

Took a chance with this on the basis of the cast of British veterans, but they were not enough to redeem this predictable 'revenge of the pensioners' story. Inoffensive but (ironically) juvenile. This pensioner decided he had something better to do after about thirty minutes.

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samjenks
Aug 10, 2017

I am surprised more old people don't do this, the way they are treated. But I'm not suggesting anything.

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matcat44
Jul 22, 2017

Watched part of it, but this theme has been done too many times, and done much better.

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rick7white
Jul 06, 2017

I'm not sure about what age line may like this movie.
My take on this one is most older folks would love it.
Its well done with very good actors and story line.
Just give it a try and if liked...pass the word around.

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