“This story, also, is mostly true,” reads the title card at the beginning of David Lowery’s film, as if we’ve just joined a folksy storyteller mid-session. Robert Redford plays a gentlemanly septuagenarian bank robber circa 1981 who calls himself Bob but is really Forrest Tucker. He meets effervescent widow Jewel (Sissy Spacek), to whom he confesses his identity, while a cop (Casey Affleck) takes an interest in the case. Adapting a magazine article by David Grann, Lowery doesn’t treat Forrest and his cohorts (Danny Glover and Tom Waits) like hardened criminals, nor is he interested in making a “heist” movie. Glover and Waits aren’t given much to do, which is a shame, while Affleck plays a low-stakes version of a hard-boiled cop with a grudge. If this is Redford’s final role, it’s a fitting, smiling swan song with gentle reminders of some of his past work. When Forrest tells Jewel he’s never ridden a horse, we assume he’s lying—not because Forrest is untruthful, but because Forrest is also Robert Redford. The casting adds a satisfying additional dimension to an already humorous, amiable story.
Director: David Lowery
Producer: James Stern, Dawn Ostroff, Jeremy Steckler, Anthony Mastromauro, Bill Holderman, Toby Halbrooks, James Johnston, Robert Redford, Patrick Newall, Lucas Smith, Julie Goldstein, Tim Headington, Karl Spoerri and Marc Schmidheiny
Cast: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, Ari Johnson, Teagan Johnson, Gene Jones, John Washington, Barlow Jacobs, Augustine Frizzell, Jennifer Joplin, Lisa DeRoberts, Carter Bratton, Mike Dennis, Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Patrick Newall, Daniel Britt, Leah Roberts, Elisabeth Moss, Alphaeus Green Jr., Keith Carradine and Kevin McClatchy