Hollywood's incessant need for remakes and reboots is getting seriously redundant, and completely without merit. Obviously, the bottom line is profits, because this new version stinks in comparison to the 1979 original. Where are all the great new screenwriters? Is it really that difficult to come up with some fresh and original concepts? For the last few years, I've been seeing more first rate programming on television.
Going In Style (1979) featured George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg who captured a much different era and a mindset not bogged down with political correctness. Burns and Carney were in vaudeville, radio and performed at the very historical beginning's of television. Strasberg was the father of method acting, and trained some of the greatest actors of all time. This rare chemistry between these three legends is impossible to replicate.
The inclusion of Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin in the new version doesn't change that one iota. In fact, their seriously lame performances could have just been Skyped. In fact, it was like they weren't really there anyway.