Friday, February 1, 2013

Stand Up Guys

Al Pacino plays a man getting out of jail after 28 years and reuniting with old pals Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.  But these old friends won't be able to stay 'stand up guys' for long.

Prior to seeing the film, I had mixed feelings about it.  On one hand, the cast is amazing.  Yet sometimes these 'get the gang back together' reunion films can be campy and really just embarrassing, particularly if the film is too Hollywood.  But thankfully this one transcends that.  The chemistry and camaraderie work really well and that's key.  And Fisher Stevens has proven himself a capable director.  And it isn't too Hollywood at all. In fact it's kind of edgy and kind of indie, like a nice blend between a festival film and a mainstream release.  This is no Pacino classic, but it's good fun with three classic movie stars and well worth your time.

Grade: B+

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