Howdy ladies and gents, time to review Stand Up Guys, a film I virtually knew next to nothing about besides seeing one TV spot for it prior to seeing the film. My mate just convinced me to watch it randomly on a random occasion, so out of curiosity I went along with it, and I’m glad I did because I really liked this film and I’m gonna tell you why in this review. By the way I actually watched this film around 3 weeks okay and was meant to review it on that weekend but I just let it get pushed back several times, so yeah I’m gonna finally talk about this film today!
The story in this film involves Val, a man released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch. Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well – bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they’ve missed. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.
I thought the story in this film was pretty cool. It was interesting to watch Val and Doc get reacquainted after so many years and see Val get back into the world, however I have to say for at least 1/3 to 1/2 of this film was really slow and it felt like the film was dragging its feet with no proper focus. Eventually once Hirsch comes into the mix that’s when the film picks up the pace, gets funny and finds its feet. I loved the focus and connection between these three characters and their interacts with the rest of the supporting cast is particularly great. Outside of all the homour there is a fair amount of emotional weight behind this film and it is beautiful to watch. And at one point, the film does something really surprising that comes totally out of nowhere! I won’t tell you what it is or where in the film it appears, but believe me when you see it you’ll be surprised.
When it comes to the cast they’re all pretty good and fun, but it’s all really about Pacino, Walken and Arkin as they’re the main characters. Firstly Al Pacino as Valentine “Val” was fairly nice, his character had clearly gone through a lot and had a lot of adjusting to do, but also due to his situation involving his friend he’s got a lot of stuff he’s gotta get done before he kicks the bucket. Al Pacino is a very strange, funny and funky person, getting into various situations that no normal person would do but it is cool, I just wish his character wasn’t so sluggish and low in the voice. Christopher Walken as Doc was my favourite, Walken is an actor I like because of his mannerisms and strange/interesting choice of roles in films and that holds true to this film too. Doc has an interesting lifestyle and a touching backstory that eventually unfolds over the course of the film and I just thought he was great, sensible man with questionable skills.
And then we have Alan Arkin as Richard Hirsch he was amazing, his character was jokes. Hirsch was the oldest-seeming one in the group, but he’s capable of some great things and Arkin really gets a good few moments in the spotlight to be the center of many moments of humour. Together Pacino, Walken and Arkin have great on-screen chemistry and you really do buy their friendship especially during their little adventures. Also Julianna Margulies as Nina Hirsch was nice as Richard’s daughter, her role in the film while not that big is pretty good and I liked Margulies in her role. And the rest of the cast do well in their roles though I have to give a shout out to Addison Timlin who is very innocent and lovely as Alex and there’s Vanessa Ferlito as Sylvia, she was good, I liked her personality and I’m also a fan of her beauty too.
In conclusion Stand Up Guys was a surprisingly good film and I was so glad that I saw it. I was very happy with the story once it found its feet and the performances from Walken, Pacino and Arkin were fabulously done. If you haven’t seen this film already then I recommend that you do, you should be pleasantly surprised. 🙂
Rating: 8/10 (Some surprisingly good stuff)
So have you seen Stand Up Guys and if so what are your thoughts on the film? Whatever they are, drop them in the comment section below and give me your thoughts yo. Anyways until the next time people, later on. 😀