Golden Years

Film, Comedy
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Golden Years

A ropey comedy about a gang of pensioners teaming up to commit a robbery

Most sane filmgoers will want to stick with the David Bowie song of the same name rather than submit to this creaky Bristol-set comedy about OAPs who start robbing banks to top-up their pension pots. It’s amiable enough if you’re not expecting much, but the story lacks energy and the production values are as lazy as the characterisation.

Even the cast, which includes Phil Davis, Simon Callow, Una Stubbs and Sheila Johnston, look a bit dejected by the whole thing. Curiously, it’s co-written by TV presenter Nick Knowles (Google him – you’ll recognise his face from ‘DIY SOS’ or various National Lottery game shows). It’s true that the grey pound is more important than ever for cinemas. But surely older cinemagoers would prefer to spend their cash more wisely than on this?

By: Dave Calhoun


Release details

Release date: Friday April 29 2016
Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Miller
Screenwriter: John Miller
Cast: Phil Davis
Una Stubbs
Bernard Hill

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3 / 5

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This is a British comedy, with a great cast full of familiar faces. The concept is good and it has some nice funny touches. It has a wonderful British sensibility, in that it is a little bit subversive and sticks up for the underdog - it also has the British tendency to be slightly politically preachy. 

The writing and plotting is dreadful and takes the shine off the whole movie. There are huge holes in the plot and some of the storyline is so implausible that it takes a lot of effort to suspend your disbelief. This is a shame because so many other elements of the film are enjoyable. The film felt lazy, or rushed, because some of the plot holes could have been easily rectified with a little more thought.

However, there are some lovely and lively performances, the characters are all likeable, there is a few good one-liners and funny slapstick moments. So watch with a forgiving frame of mind and you should enjoy it.