Flash Movie Review: Last Vegas
There is only a small group who can determine my feelings without me uttering one single word. We use verbal shorthand to communicate, ready to validate anyone’s point being made to an outsider. I am part of this group known as childhood friends. We knew each other before adolescence; they never made a comment about the pimples appearing on my face as my body began to change. Each of us shares a history that keeps us grounded to each other, without the need for explaining our actions. Sometimes I feel they are too grounded when they correct a story I am telling that may have some embellishments in it; you know, strictly for entertainment purposes. We can joke and tease each other; but if someone else attempts it, each one of us will go into attack mode to defend our friend. This type of loyalty was evident amongst the childhood friends in this comedy. Michael Douglas (Falling Down, Behind the Candelabra) as Billy, Robert De Niro (The Family, Silver Linings Playbook) as Paddy, Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me, Million Dollar Baby) as Archie and Kevin Kline (Wild Wild West, The Ice Storm) as Sam have known each other since childhood. After all these years perpetual bachelor Billy decided to get married to a considerably younger woman. Despite any misgivings, Billy’s friends decided to throw him a bachelor party to beat all bachelor parties in the city of Los Vegas. With most moviegoers being familiar with the acting style of these actors, I felt the writers needed to have a strong script for them. Unfortunately it was not, placing the cast in a predictable story. The humor was okay, though the movie trailers ruined some scenes for me. It was lovely to see Mary Steenburgen (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Proposal) cast as lounge singer Diana. I found her role to be the strongest and enjoyed the way the story developed around her character. There seems to be talk about this film being the geriatric version of The Hangover movie franchise. I can see why people would say this but it does a disservice to this film. The essence of this story was about childhood friends. I wished the writers would have expanded on it because I know my old friends would have appreciated the movie more. But then again, they already knew how I was going to review this bland movie.
Posted on November 5, 2013, in Comedy and tagged 2 stars, comedy, kevin kline, las vegas, mary steenburgen, michael douglas, morgan freeman, robert de niro. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
I try to avoid films like this where there are several big-name actors. Even if they’re ones that I like. I find that they tend to disappoint. How can a script writer write a good script with all of them in it? I can’t think of an example where it’s possible and turned out to be a good film.
I understand where you are coming from, when there are several big name actors. A movie that comes to mind that worked with a stellar cast was The King’s Speech. Have you seen it by chance? If not I would be curious to hear what you think of it. Thanks for your comments.
I have seen The King’s Speech and I really liked it. I know that a lot of people didn’t although I’m not really sure why. It’s been a while since I watched it so I’m afraid that I don’t have anything profound or intelligent to say on the matter. It’s not a film I would buy, but I enjoyed watching it on Netflix.
It is good to see we both agree The King’s Speech was good, with a great cast.
You will remind me to go to movies!
I am so glad I can do this for you. May you find some hidden treasures here among the reviews. Thank you for coming by to leave your comment.
Loved Mary Steenburgen. And I credit the director/casting person for not choosing some young ingenue (of course that wouldn’t have worked in the role anyway….but just saying…). It was an ok movie, that’s all. Stennburgen easily was the spotlight grabber here, and I enjoyed her subdued “Greek chorus” role.
I am 100% in agreement, she was the highlight for me also. Thanks for the comments.