Tower Heist 2011 ★★★

I was genuinely surprised at how endearing a film this is.  

Tower Heist doesn't aim particularly high but it does tread it's familiar ground with an elegant confidence.  It's a nuts and bolts heist movie for sure, to the point of being utilitarian, but it also has the air of an honest craftsman about it.

Ben Stiller plays Ben Stiller, from all those other Ben Stiller movies. Eddie Murphy is the guy from 'Beverly Hills Cop'.  Matthew Broderick is the other guy from 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' that Matthew Broderick seemed doomed to play for eternity ever after.

Everyone in this film is just short of a stereotype, but for a reason, and so that familiarity works.  This heist is seen through the eyes of ordinary people, represented here by routine typecasts, and the film has a warm affection for their quiet dignity.

The whole thing feels like it's from a simpler time, when people made movies like the 'Blues Brothers' and 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'.  Whole set pieces seem to be lifted from that film and kindly dropped here to reassure us.

This film is a worn out patchwork quilt passed down from your grandmother.  Lovingly made, unashamedly cozy, and downright nice.

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