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      Golden Years

      2016 1 hr. 36 min. Comedy List
      29% 14 Reviews Tomatometer 28% 50+ Ratings Audience Score Arthur and Martha Goode won't take the loss of their pensions lying down. It's time for these retirees to rob some banks and take back what was theirs in the first place. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 04 Buy Now

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      r 9 'Golden Years' is hit-and-miss in a few areas, but overall it's all a good laugh with an entertaining premise. Logically a lot of it is flawed and/or undercooked, most of the characters act strangely and the plot is kinda choppy in parts; especially across the final act. They try to force things together, whilst seemingly believing they're being much more clever and funny than they actually are. However, taking out all of that, it does produce entertainment I can't lie. The cast are very good, with Bernard Hill (Athur) and Simon Callow (Royston) standing out. Brad Moore's Stringer is a terrible character though, he adds nothing despite being a key part to the plot. It's silly and averagely written, particularly the dialogue. I can't, though, deny I did enjoy myself watching this. If you don't take it seriously, which is admittedly difficult as it sometimes comes across as if they are trying to be smart, then you'll have a good time viewing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Entertaining heist movie. Not the most realistic but fun nonetheless. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/13/18 Full Review Audience Member One of the best films I have seen in a long time. Wonderful cast and characters and laugh out loud moments. Definitely worth a watch ! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Sometimes, 'fightback' is the only option. This film quite reminded me the Korean film I saw a few years ago called 'Grandma Gangsters'. That film was about a vacation, though money involves and here it was about the pension. That's a serious thing, could have been another 'I, Daniel Blake', but that's not how it goes. A very interesting and comical take on the pension crisis. What could the old people can do about it? Well, that's the point, they use an opportunity that comes their way to tackle the issue. I love films involving aged people. Not for amusement, but to see them struggle, emotionally I break down. Only those on the realistic portrayals. This title looked okay, but when I read the synopsis, I desperately wanted to see it. I knew it was a comedy, so I did not expect greater, except some good laughs. It did delivered, but I felt a few scenes were very unrealistic, even for a cinematic. Like the ending was not convincing enough. Though the rest of the film was fine. The story centres on the character Arthur played by Bernard Hill, which I first time noticed his character, particularly being in the lead since as Theodon, the King of Rohan from 'The Lord of the Rings'. So, like any film, it all begins with a simple introduction of his life and people around him. Unlike his friends, he is much able to do the stuffs at his age. Some way or the other, they are all depending on him, including his wife. Then one day he comes to know that he's not eligible anymore for his pension benefits. After thinking a lot, the heartbroken Arthur decides to take an extreme step. So begins his new adventure, and the following, his gang joins him. ?They may take our pensions, but they will never take our lives.? Does it not sound cool! Brilliant performances by all. For a theme like this, the characters have to be fit which is a stereotype that this film breaks. But there were some sacrifices like the screenplay was altered to balance between the physically weak characters and the contents that's usually fast and furious and sometimes rough handling requires. It all worked though. A crime film, yet there's no violence or the action sequences. Involves some nervous scenes and like I said earlier, the end twist should have been better. Considering how everything was developed, that was not a bad ending at all, especially keeping in mind audience point of view of what they would be expecting. It was not entirely about the old guys. The cops have a small part, including one of them was old who leads the robbery case. At some point, it looked like 'Bonnie and Clyde', which was mentioned in the storyline as well. Like a cat-and-mouse game, the events in the tale stretches as much as it can possible, providing entertainment for us. The narration could have ended in very early, though the cops were not all Sherlocks. Everything in the interest of the film to develop in the right way with little silly and more funny. Not an average film or a classic. Made with a decent budget and the fine casting, I think the film is good to try once, but I suggest not to anticipate like any outstanding heist films you have seen in your life. Learn about the film, like its storyline and its characters. If you do that you will understand its limitations, except less fun while watching the film. 7/10 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Between a 4/10 and 5/10, despite a likable cast of television and theatre stalwarts, this limps along like a botched hip operation. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A few quite moving moments in relation to old age, but this just felt like a ridiculously long episode of New Tricks. However the audience in the cinema were all pretty senior and there was lots of laughs, maybe my 33 year old brain just didn't get it. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader For better and for worse, the mysteries remain unsolved and what prevails is Téchiné's elliptical tragic poetry about unfathomable human behavior. Apr 17, 2020 Full Review David Stratton The Australian Every member of the cast... deserved a better, less far-fetched, plot than director John Miller and writers Miller, Nick Knowles and Jeremy Sheldon have devised for them. Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 9, 2016 Full Review Tara Brady Irish Times John Miller's good-natured picture makes a noble stab at yoking real-world social problems to capering. Rated: 2/5 Aug 8, 2016 Full Review Bertie Archer One Room With A View With plodding pace, decrepit cliché and a senile sense of storytelling, that this ever made it beyond ITV3's film choice for a Tuesday morning is mind-boggling. Rated: 1/5 Apr 3, 2019 Full Review Matthew Bond The Mail on Sunday (UK) It's a lovely idea but the execution falls short on every count, hampered by some strange casting, some seriously misfiring comedy and a screenplay -- co-written by Knowles -- that suggests, on this evidence, that he should stick to the day job. Rated: 1/5 Oct 24, 2017 Full Review Kevin Harley Total Film A film too stiff for comedy, too silly for drama and too slow for fun in between. Rated: 2/5 Jan 2, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Arthur and Martha Goode won't take the loss of their pensions lying down. It's time for these retirees to rob some banks and take back what was theirs in the first place.
      Director
      John Miller
      Executive Producer
      Rick Singh, Iain Speirs, Jill Speirs, Richard Tibber
      Screenwriter
      John Miller, Nick Knowles, Jeremy Sheldon
      Production Co
      MoliFilms Entertainment
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 30, 2017
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