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An average movie

Posted : 3 years, 2 months ago on 26 July 2015 09:41

When I heard about this movie, I was at first pretty excited. I mean, a movie starring Rober De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, that sounded really promising. However, the plot didn't seem to be really groundbreaking and, eventually, when it was released, it was barely noticed and didn't get much love. Eventually, I thought it was a decent watch but it could have been much more. I mean, it is basically one of these movies that show some really big names on the poster and, that's it, they are pretty much done and they don't feel the need to give a story that could be actually challenging or at least a little bit more entertaining. Basically, it was just too easy, too low-brow and too predictable. Still, in this genre, I have seen much worse (the first one popping to my mind would be 'The Big Wedding' also released in 2013 and also starring Robert De Niro). Indeed, the characters were quite realistic and appealing expect maybe for Paddy whose grudge became quite irritating pretty quickly and the actors, some of the greatest thespians of our time, gave a fine job. To conclude, even though within 3 days, I will probably forget most of it, it was still a decent comedy and I think it is worth a look.

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Not the Last Vegas Movie You Want to See

Posted : 3 years, 6 months ago on 21 April 2015 11:51

This geriatric comedy is full of, well, geriatric comedy. This is to be expected, and if the four main actors weren't so damn entertaining and funny then this would have been a terrible movie. The writing and acting for the supporting characters was amateur and the story is less fresh than any of the said main actors.

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Last Vegas review

Posted : 4 years, 6 months ago on 27 March 2014 09:09

art touching at times . It really Holds the line 'Old is gold'. Its power pack of fun, love , emotions And friendship !
Its really nice to See great stars together !

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Began with a lot of fun & ended with high emotion

Posted : 4 years, 7 months ago on 18 March 2014 12:27

Recently I have seen some good movies based on a gang of old people. 'Stand Up Guys', 'Quartet', 'Song for Marion', 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' et cetera the list goes on where aged people rule. It's nice to see old guys are still capable to handle the responsibility in the entertainment business. Those movies I saw were really awesome including this movie.

After the opening scene which lasted for a couple of minutes the next commencing portion of the story was very ordinary. Just like a copy and paste of todays movie theme based on young people who fancy LAs lifestyle. It was until the beginning of the last quarter of the movie. That is the segment I began to love it. The love triangle with strong emotions. In one word to describe, it was an ordinary opening, but ended in a style.

It is hard to point out who had a greater role and who excelled their parts. In my view, all the four + one were equally performed good. The flaw was in the story which made no sense in many scenes regarding casino and their guest. Except those it was highly entertaining, especially the first half was fun and the rest were about heartbreaking love and friendship.

It was kinda envious because someday I am gonna be an old and a similar kinda situation may occur to me. It might not be my story, but looks like those four are gonna be me and my friends someday. This movie might not be a reality, but stays closer to your heart in emotionally. It was not a great movie as well not rejectable.

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Last Vegas review

Posted : 4 years, 7 months ago on 26 February 2014 10:46

Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline play a bunch of old farts in this film. It also stars Mary Steenburgen who I think is still drop dead gorgeous even in her age, Jerry Ferrara who is hilarious, Roger Bart, Romany Malco, with a bit part from Michael Ealy, and a goofy cameo from 50 Cent and the Redfoo and Shufflebot from LMFAO. I am not too sure who the target audience of this movie. First of all if it was targeted to an audience of around 60 to 70 year old men would they even know or understand who 50 Cent is or even LMFAO? Is it for young adults because I am pretty sure with most people my age who were born in the Hollywood of now wouldn't know who Kevin Kline or Michael Douglas is unfortunately sad yet true. Is it for people with older male family members who are going through end-life crisis? That is possible I suppose, but sounds pretty lame so probably not. Can you tell me what demographic this movie is trying to please? The acting is decent and there are a few moments that are funny, but most of the time it is kind of awkward to watch. It wasn't good and it wasn't bad. To me it was just there. I wouldn't really recommend this to anybody's to watch lists. It can be either a hit or miss I think.

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Very funny and very heartfelt

Posted : 4 years, 8 months ago on 9 February 2014 02:34

"I'm gonna find some damn water and take all my damn pills and get this party started."

Last Vegas will be inevitably branded as the geriatric version of The Hangover, as it's set in Las Vegas and features a cast of males who head to Sin City to drink and party. But rather than R-rated debauchery and immoral shenanigans, this party is intended more for the older demographic, with milder content and non-offensive humour. The picture was written by Dan Fogelman, who cut his teeth on several Disney animated films (Tangled, Bolt, and Cars) before penning the superlative romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. in 2011. Fortunately, the strengths of Crazy, Stupid, Love. are carried over to Last Vegas, with touching story dramatics and plenty of big belly-laughs, not to mention the characters at the centre of the tale feel remarkably real and lived-in. The big draw of the movie, of course, is the presence of Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, who keep the movie consistently watchable with their limitless on-screen charisma.

As children, Billy (Douglas), Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) were known as the Flatbush Four, sharing a special friendship and keeping in touch over the decades. Now in their late 60s, the four men have grown apart and are in various stages of disrepair. After Billy proposes to his 31-year-old girlfriend Lisa (Bre Blair) with plans to marry in Las Vegas in a matter of days, Archie and Sam push for a Sin City bachelor party, refusing to take no for an answer. Paddy also tags along, though there's awkwardness between himself and Billy due to personal reasons. Before long, the foursome are drinking and gambling, and soon meet a lovely lounge singer named Diana (Mary Steenburgen) who attracts the attention of Billy and Paddy in particular. As the weekend kicks into high gear, the old-timers begin to bond amid the booze-fuelled antics, while Billy is also compelled to re-assess his romantic needs.

Last Vegas dredges up the proverbial story clichés that we expect to see in this sort of production, but the movie miraculously manages to circumvent the most hoary chestnuts in a satisfying way. For instance, the pessimistic douche(™) begins giving the old guys a hard time, but he's soon put in his place by the troupe, who mess with him in hilarious ways to make him change his tune. Furthermore, Archie's unexpected luck at the casino results not in him being accused of cheating, but rather being offered the most expensive luxuries at a Vegas hotel. Last Vegas is great fun when locked in party mode, with Fogelman's script making just about every possible joke about old age. It will probably play better for older members of the audience who'll laugh at the universal truths about the aging process that are brought out, but it's a fun sit for just about anyone. The movie is saucy too, with sexual gags all over the place, and the PG-13 rating thankfully does not hinder the humour's sharpness. In fact, I never even realised it was PG-13, which is a massive compliment to everyone involved.

Director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is a reliable purveyor of big-screen entertainment, and he's in fine form here, making the most of the meagre $28 million budget at his disposal. This is a slick comedy with attractive Vegas locales, and it's for the most part paced very agreeably. Suffice it to say, Last Vegas does have its more dramatic movements - Billy and Paddy's relationship is rocky, and the tensions between the two men only become more pronounced with Diana's arrival on the scene. But against all odds, this aspect of the story is handled with genuine poignancy, leading to a moving rumination on what matters in life, and the values of love in one's autumnal years. Above all else, we get the sense that these two men do care about each other deep down inside, bestowing the story with real heart and warmth. Drama comes off as perfunctory in most comedies, but it's an organic part of the story here.

You simply cannot miss with a cast like this. Douglas, Kline, Freeman and De Niro are wonderful thespians on their own, but together they positively light up the screen with energy, exhibiting effortless chemistry and camaraderie, and playing off one another with superb precision. It's truly a treat to see these old dogs sharing the frame, each of whom are given their individual moments to shine. They're perfectly complemented by Steenburgen as well, who's an utter delight. Freeman is especially warm here, and there are a handful of touching moments in which he shows us yet again just how good he is (a late scene with Michael Ealy as Archie's son is very moving indeed). Kline is also as great as ever, flexing his wonderful comedic muscles that have not faded over the years. Douglas and De Niro are just as strong, with De Niro clearly enjoying himself while Douglas has an engaging on-screen presence. On a less positive note, the scenes with the protagonists as kids are a bit on the stiff side. The young boys are dead ringers for their older counterparts, but they're flat actors.

To be sure, Last Vegas is not exactly revolutionary from a storytelling perspective, and a few more jokes would not have gone astray in the grand scheme of things. Nevertheless, this is a sweet and often funny movie which is far better than its "Hangover for old people" label implies. It's witty, pleasant, crowd-pleasing comedy entertainment geared more towards the mature demographic, which is a satisfying change of pace in today's cinematic climate. You'll laugh, you might cry, and you'll be left with a big smile on your face. Who can complain about that?


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