Retired couple Arthur (Bernard Hill) and Martha (Virginia McKenna) Goode lead a simple life in the suburbs, relaxing at home and socializing with friends at their club. But when the nation’s financial crisis empties their hard-earned pension accounts, the couple seizes the opportunity to replenish their funds through a series of bank robberies.
Dressed in masks and armed with cucumbers as guns, the unlikely criminal duo makes national news. But with detectives Sid (Alun Armstrong, New Tricks) and Stringer (Brad Moore, North v South) closing in on them, and their beloved club in talks to become a supermarket, the Goodes enlist their friends’ help to pull off one last, audacious heist.
What We Thought:
Golden Years reminded me another older person film I watched recently, Going in Style, minus the big name cast. Both films feature older characters robbing banks out of necessity and not to be criminals.
Because of the economic climate of the past 10-15 years and the Baby Boomer generation still very active we will see more and more films about older people living life and doing things to get or keep the money they earned. Pension funds were crushed in the economic collapse of the mid 2000s and because of that, we have stories of retirees doing things we wouldn’t expect from them.
Plus the Robin Hood type story has been used thousands of times because people like seeing the rich getting taken advantage of. This older couple stole the money they deserved from the bank that wouldn’t pay them. They also stole to save their friends and provide for their friends who were in similar situations. They firmly believed taking the money from the banks was the right thing to do and they had cause to do it.
What I liked most about the film is that the couple got away with so much because the police were looking for younger, more experienced criminals. It goes to show that you can get away with a lot if you don’t look the part. Wear a mask and no one will know you are old. They used a cart to transport the money and a camper to drive around in. The cops were looking for what they believed to be highly trained criminals most likely with a military background and not an old couple. Because of that, they were able to blend right in with the environment.
Golden Years is a fun little movie especially for an older generation. It has an array of characters and isn’t your standard bank robbers movie. If you liked Going in Style, Unfinished Song or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, give it a try.
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Recommended If You Like:
- Going in Style
- Unfinished Song
- Films For/About Older People