Kindly granted by Thomas Schulz from Vienna, Austria (Al PACINO) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
I was lucky to attend a screening of ‚Stand Up Guys’, a thriller-comedy with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. The movie is hilarious with lots of funny scenes and dialogues. Especially Al Pacino shows method acting at its best. He doesn’t play – he is the low rank veteran mobster Val, who – fresh out of prison - wants to make the best of his last hours on earth. Val’s only friend Doc is the exact opposite. He looks like a living dead while he is following Val through the night. Doc has a job to do and his job is to kill Val until the next morning. He doesn’t have a choice. The mafia don, who wants to see Val dead, has threatened to kill Doc’s niece, if Doc spares his friend’s life. The world seems to press on Doc’s shoulders. Val, on the other hand, knows for whom the bell tolls, but he’s a ‚Stand Up Guy’ and so is his friend.
Director Fisher Stephens arranged extremely funny and dramatic scenes in a quick succession, but his best decision was to step back and let these guys play. Fantastic – don’t miss this gem!