Written and directed by John Miller, Golden Years is a British heist movie.
Fate, the financial crisis and a stubborn refusal to accept the injustices of old age have forced law-abiding, retired couple Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime (played by Bernard Hill and Virginia McKenna). Refusing to take the loss of their pensions lying down and simply fade away into their declining years, they decide to fight back and take back what’s rightfully theirs. Their plan is simple – hit a series of banks and steal back their pensions along with those of their similarly stricken friends. After all, no one would expect an elderly couple of being a modern-day Bonnie-and Clyde? Pretty soon, their friends are recruited to form a motley band of unusual suspects as they prepare to take down the biggest bank of all.
What might seem far-fetched has almost a parallel in real-life with a recent jewellery robbery in London carried out by a gang who were all well past retirement age.
While cleverly written and tightly directed, it’s the cast of this movie that is a real joy. In addition to Hill and McKenna, the ensemble includes Alun Armstrong, Brad Moore, Sue Johnston, Una Stubbs, Simon Callow, Phil Davis, Ellen Thomas, and Mark Williams.
This is a movie that has its heart in the right place, even if the humour is a bit obvious. Miller keeps the action moving along and it’s a watchable piece of entertainment.
Golden Years is available on DVD & Digital HD from 29 August 2016.