CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Stand Up Guys" without the canes and walkers


"Stand Up Guys" opens tomorrow and it seems to be a film that is designed for our South Florida neighborhood. The film opens with the style and cinematography of an early low budget exploitation film from the 1970s. "Stand Up Guys" features actors who developed a cult following for their performance from this era of motion pictures; Al Pacino, Christopher Walkden and Alan Arkin. With a touch of Rip Van Winkle. "Stand Up Guys" will be a contemporary hit.


Val (Pacino) is released from prison after many decades. Val is met by Doc (Walken), a former partner-in-crime. While the two greet each other warmly, both know that Doc is assigned to kill Val. Instead of turning this event into a maudlin moment, these two **Stand Up Guys** decide to party hearty.

Director Fisher Stevens styles **Stand Up Guys** with a sense of swansong darkness. This noir set-up provides a life affirming movie about old guys who teach a new generation on how to be a "Stand Up Guys." The center section provides the most humor, in which Pacino and Walken rescue Alan Arkin from a nursing home.


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