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Golden Years (2016)

Golden Years (2016)

Bernard HillVirginia McKennaSue JohnstonPhil Davis
John Miller


Golden Years (2016) is a English movie. John Miller has directed this movie. Bernard Hill,Virginia McKenna,Sue Johnston,Phil Davis are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2016. Golden Years (2016) is considered one of the best Action,Comedy,Crime,Drama movie in India and around the world.

Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime. Refusing to take the loss of their pensions lying down and to fade away into their declining years, our characters decide to fight back. They decide to take back what was theirs in the first place. They decide to start robbing banks.


Golden Years (2016) Reviews

  • A lighthearted comedy


    This film tells the story of an elderly man who accidentally stumble upon a case of cash from the security van outside a bank. He discovers that robbing a bank is easy, and goes robbing banks in order to save his social club from being sold to developers. "Golden Years" is a lighthearted comedy, there is no question about that. It is hard to imagine two retired people robbing banks as easily as counting one two three! The heist scenes are more funny than exciting, and the police conclusions are simply funny. The authorities seem to be incompetent despite all the plan evidence, which is entertaining. There is suggestion of it possibly having a sequel, and I hope it will be as entertaining as this.

  • A golden British comedy.


    I went to see this at a senior screening (afternoon showing which includes tea and biscuits for our beloved old age pensioners) and some might think this is the target audience. Even though I could hear plenty of laughter from the ranks above, there's plenty of current affairs a lot of them could relate to, which wouldn't offend, but bring home some realities.  The film includes pension pinching, poor care home staff and a failing health trust. The bowling club is under threat as is the bingo nights. And Bernard Hill, King of Rohan has had enough of the daylight robbery and turns to a life of crime himself; storming the West Country in his caravan, robbing building societies in Point Break fashion whilst sightseeing the stately homes.  Good cast of British greats including Simon Callow and Mark Williams; it's Brad Moore's full-of- himself Stringer that adds some office like humour donning cowboy boots and a fake tan. It's got plenty of comedy and some laugh out loud moments but there's not enough to be considered a roaring comedy. It has a decent soundtrack suiting the theme giving the film an upbeat attitude.  However that's about it, nothing more to say about the film but it is as the title suggests, it golden, good ol' British humour. Light hearted entertainment that's actually fun for all ages, especially if you like cucumber sandwiches and mobility scooters.  Probably best for when it's released on TV or make the most of the tea and biscuits and grab a senior screening like myself for cheap seats.  Running Time: 8 The Cast: 7 Performance: 7 Direction: 5 Story: 6 Script: 5 Creativity: 6 Soundtrack: 7 Job Description: 5 The Extra Bonus Point: 0 56% 6/10

  • gentle entertainment


    This was a film of gentle entertainment for people who like a cheery story and a pleasant viewing experience with a few laughs along the way. If you like gritty crime drams, horror movies or deep and meaningful drama this will not be the film for you. If you would enjoy seeing the best of our stalwart British Actors still adding value in their latter years with a gentle story with an uplifting ending you might fare better. A great soundtrack for baby- boomers. Look out for classic performances from the likes of Phil Davies who never fails to please.

  • Not as good as I thought it would be


    Nick Knowles is best known to me as a presenter of BBC television programmes that require him to stand around in a hard hat of the kind beloved by George Osborne. It turns out he's also a writer, and co-wrote the screenplay of this latest British entry into the comedy genre 'old people behaving badly'. Arthur and Martha (no, really) are facing financial trouble: no sooner does the price of Martha's medicine dramatically increase than they discover Arthur's former employers have gone bust, meaning he will no longer receive his occupational pension. Arthur, enraged (he's played by Bernard Hill, so working-class anger is really the only option) decides to go on the rob. Before long Martha has joined him and they embark on a spree of bank hold-ups (combining same with a touring holiday of National Trust stately homes). But when their local bowls club is threatened, it's going to take more money than just the two of them can steal to save it: time to call in their friends. This was not as laugh-out-loud funny as I thought it would be: there are some chuckly moments, but in the main it is the kind of comedy that raises a smile rather than a guffaw. Unfortunately, the script at times gets so preachy the viewer feels like he's being clubbed about the head: there is much talk of money-grabbing bankers and National Health Service 'postcode lotteries'. Careless writing (or editing) also causes some obvious errors: Alun Armstrong's police detective simply disappears toward the end of the film with no explanation; and unless I missed a vital bit of exposition the timings of the final heist do not work once the funeral has been taken into account. So the real joy of this is - as so often with British films - seeing on the big screen actors you are more used to watching on television. As well as the afore-mentioned Hill and Armstrong, there are also Una Stubbs, Simon Callow (trying a West Country accent he should be thoroughly ashamed of), Phil Davis, Sue Johnston, Ellen Thomas (currently in 'EastEnders') - and, in a rare appearance, Virginia McKenna. It also makes a nice change for a British film not to be set in London (this is set in Bristol). But as for the script? Don't hang up the hard hat yet, Knowlesy...

  • Barely average.


    Nick Knowles is best known in the UK as the presenter on the various National Lottery quiz shows and as a staple ingredient of the BBC's daytime TV schedule fronting various lifestyle shows. Apparently he also fancies himself as a writer, and somehow or other, one of his scripts has managed to get the green-light and released as 'Golden Years' with the extra tag-line 'Grand Theft OAP'. It came and went from UK cinema screens without any fanfare, and isn't likely to get any larger exposure now it is available on home video. Bernard Hill is hardly a headline actor (I recognised him only as Captain Smith of the Titanic in James Cameron's 1997 film of the same name) - his most famous work was probably 'Boys From the Blackstuff'. Una Stubbs starred with Cliff Richard in the film 'Summer Holiday' and was Aunt Sally in 'Worzel Gummidge'. Simon Callow was in 'Four Weddings & A Funeral'. In 1966 Virginia McKenna starred in 'Born Free', and like most of the cast, her career has seen better days. I guess there aren't many good acting roles for pensioners these days. 'Golden Years' tries to be a comedy but never really succeeds. Sloppy editing - or writing - I'm not sure which, means there are plot holes you could drive a tank through. What happens to Alun Armstrong's character at the end of the movie I have no idea as he just seems to disappear, and the timing of the funeral before the big heist makes no sense at all. Unless I missed something, a character dies and is buried within two days, and that just isn't realistic. We're led to believe the characters get away Scot-free with their heist, but how can that be so when Brad Moore's character clearly had them bang-to-rights just before the final climax? Suddenly nothing seemed to make sense and it is full of unanswered questions. Besides anything else, are we to believe he went out to a caravan dealer with several wads of sealed £50 notes and paid for a top-of-the-range model in hard cash? Wouldn't something like that arouse suspicion? Wouldn't the brand-new notes be traceable by their security numbers? The police would be knocking at his door in a heartbeat. I think Nick Knowles should stick to presenting, as he clearly isn't much good at writing. My advice is to wait for this one to hit Freeview and air on Film4. You're not missing anything by buying it on DVD. I can't believe they even got 'Bargain Hunt's real-life auctioneer Philip Serell to basically play himself in a cameo. Nothing about this film was even remotely credible. Even the 'Care Home from Hell' at the beginning was laughable, and not in a good way, and that's before I get to talking about the idea of an 'NHS Postcode Lottery'. It's the sort of right-wing nonsense you read in the 'Daily Mail' that is inevitably not true. I really didn't rate this film much at all. 5/10 is being kind.


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