We have all been duped by the classic bating of a phenomenal trailer that followed up with a movie that ultimately disappointed greatly. It has happened to every one. The best comedic scenes or Best dramatic scenes have been displayed in the trailer leaving you expecting even more but losing out to a flat boring film. More often than not this seems to happen when there is a cast that almost seems too good to be true.
This very well could have been the case with the recent video release movie, Stand Up Guys, starring the great Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. This collection of actors and powerhouse actors at that. Each with their own respective Oscar and iconic roles attempts to give way to each others ability in this film.
The story centers around two very old friends who also happen to have connections and have worked deeply with organized crime. Val has just been released from prison after serving a sentence in which he took the fall for the mob. Upon his release is his old friend Doc played beautifully by Christopher Walken is there to pick him up and give him a night out to remember in honor of his service to the family. What the true situation is, is that Doc is there to put a closer on the situation by terminating Val for what caused the ultimate situation that sent Val to prison. Throughout the night they breakout another dear friend from his nursing home named Hirsch played by Alan Arkin. While Doc doesn’t think Val knows his true intentions he is mistaken and Val tells him his knowledge of the situation and conveys his love for Doc. With different smaller elements intertwined the story is nearly perfect.
The downside is that the story isn’t perfectly executed. While it’s not a bad movie by any means, it comes back to the fact that the trailer just built up the film better than it was. Pacino, Walken and Arkin pull in performances that are just warm and sympathetic to their characters demeanor. It’s length as far as film so is nothing outstanding as it comes in at just an hour and a half. With an ending that isn’t a shocker or a twist it doesn’t leave you unsatisfied in any way. Look for a decent movie that you wont feel is a time wasted yet you won’t wonder why you didn’t hear more about it or why it didn’t win any awards.