Film Review – Last Vegas


Film Review - Last VegasDIRECTED BY: Jon Turteltaub

STARRING: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Michael Ealy and Joanna Gleason

SYNOPSIS

Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

Film Review - Last VegasLast Vegas follows four men, Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam, who all wound up banding together for Billy’s bachelor party in Las Vegas. Billy is marrying a much younger woman than he, Paddy is mighty pissed off at Billy with good reason, Archie is fed up being treated like a child by his own son and even yet, Sam is getting it the worst, I mean, you see the shit that he has to deal with at the start? Future hell flashed before my eyes in that scene. When they hit Vegas they meet with lounge singer Diana who Billy and Paddy both take a shine to.

Billed as a elderly version of The Hangover, thankfully this is not the case. Though there is a few moments where you think that this kind of film is doing it’s best to head fuck acting royalty (yeah I’m seeing what you’re doing LMFAO guy to Robert De Niro and just stop!).

Film Review - Last VegasThe film itself is pretty much by the numbers comedy that you would expect but thankfully it’s at least an enjoyable watch with the four men playing off each other well and had it’s serious moments, mainly about on waiting for the inevitable and enjoying what you have left with the ones you love.

The actors are reliable here, but it’s the linkup between Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro’s characters that are intriguing, if not with a complicated backstory that comes to an expected head. Freeman drunk is something I want to see more of and Kline has some of the best accidental laughs for me personally. Steenburgen’s Diana brings the level headedness to the characters and is a good foil for Billy and Paddy.

Not the best film you’ll see this year and definitely not the worst, just a nice enjoyable film. Also Jerry Ferrara is getting some serious credit listings lately? Honestly starting to think he’s been getting the most roles out of the gang after Entourage. Good for him!

VERDICT

The film is as cliche a comedy film as you will see but with the cast involved, sometimes a cliche works. An enjoyable view at least for a few hours of your time.  6/10

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