There’s no doubt about it that Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin are getting older, but that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down. Stand Up Guys shows that the veteran actors still got it and pokes a little fun at getting old.
Big time criminal Val (Al Pacino) is just getting out of a 28 year stint in prison and is reunited with his old partner Doc (Christopher Walken). Over the course of the next 24 hours, the two reminisce about their golden days of crime while they steal drugs, break into cars, and hire prostitutes. Well, at least Val does all these things while Doc rides shotgun. They even get their buddy Hirsch (Alan Arkin) in on it. It’s just like old times, only Doc has specific instructions from their boss to kill Val. It’s the gang’s final hurrah so they better take advantage of every minute.
Stand Up Guys acts almost as an ode to the older generation. These are the kinda guys who are stealing pills not to get high, but for high blood pressure. And yes, it’s also hilarious to see Pacino down a handful of Viagra only to end up in the hospital hours later. Don’t let their age fool you, though. They still pack a punch and manage to teach some young thugs a thing or two.
Walken, Pacino, and Arkin are all superb talents and they manage to make the most of the sometimes flat script. The humor can be very subtle at times and some of the scenes can drag on. Still, if you’re a fan of any of them, it’s worth a watch. Their dynamic together is top notch and there are even a few rather emotional moments as well.
Stand Up Guys has a decent amount of laughs with a little bit of action thrown in the mix. While it’s not the best work of anyone in the film, it’s entertaining enough to watch them reminisce about the good old days.