Film Review: ‘The Old Man & the Gun:’ Robert Redford oozes boyish charm at 82

A still from the film 'The Old Man & the Gun'. (Supplied)
Updated 24 October 2018

Film Review: ‘The Old Man & the Gun:’ Robert Redford oozes boyish charm at 82

CHENNAI: If the 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” made a star out of Robert Redford, his latest adventure, “The Old Man & the Gun,” in which he plays a bank robber, is as compelling, which is made even more commendable by the fact he turns 83 next August.

Redford, who recently declared that this film would be his last, plays a delightful gentleman bank robber with a gun tucked inside his stylishly tailored jacket. And he is as charming as Forrest Tucker as he was walking “Barefoot in the Park” in once-upon-a-time New York.

Directed by David Lowery, “The Old Man & the Gun” is a crime caper but with a cheesy difference: Tucker is a loveable rascal who uses his boyish grin (his screen age is 76) and devil-may-care charm to sweet-talk bank managers into parting with money. Tucker hardly ever fires his gun, he just shows it. Redford pulls off heist after heist in his genteel manner.

When the cops arrive after the robber has walked away with a bow and a smile, all that the bank managers can say is: “Oh, he was a gentleman.” Caught several times, Tucker invariably manages to escape from prison and returns to looting banks with his two equally old accomplices, played by Danny Glover and Tom Waits.

Redford reminds one of what film stars once were, with their affable characters and natural ease on screen. Lowery’s little outing also tells us what cinema can be, a real pleasure where there is little space for blood-baying violence or other forms of crudity, and he could not have chosen a more suitable lead actor.

Long-haired police officer John Hunt, impressively played by Casey Affleck, is soft-spoken to the point of surprising us. But he has steel all right, and, humiliated by Tucker’s innumerable escapes, the cop promises himself that he will catch the gang, which adds some grit and light suspense to the film.


Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

Updated 03 August 2020

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed in an interview with Africa News this week that she would “love to” star in Arabic films.

“I just don’t speak the language,” said Chopra Jonas. “I think that I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere. I love my job and I would learn a new language if I have to.”

The 38-year-old producer, who has a couple of Hollywood flicks under her belt, said she is working on an unscripted series with her husband, the American singer and songwriter Nick Jonas.

“I am developing a show with my husband which is for Amazon. It is based on the Indian tradition of sangeet (a music-filled pre-marriage ceremony),” she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She is also working on a new series for Amazon, produced by the Russo brothers, and a “buddy comedy” with actress Mindy Kaling.

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the former Miss World has been using her social media platforms over the past few months to raise awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chopra Jonas, who started her career 20 years ago, has hosted an Instagram session with doctors and experts from the World Health Organization who answered frequently asked questions about the virus.