Whether Brown succeeds or not is largely immaterial. ‘The Great Art Robbery’ is probably the warmest, most charming thing that he’s attempted to date and the ending is almost by the by. The plan uses society’s habit of ignoring the elderly against itself – Brown’s art thieves are a group of likeable and game OAPs.
And the preparations for the theft are, in themselves, hugely entertaining. Whether they’re scrawling (bizarre) grafitti or stealing chips, it’s brilliant to see these senior citizens unleash their inner scoundrels. There’s good cheer in this for all of us. Old age, suggests Brown, can be as much fun as you want it to be.