Two films down and it’s only the 17th of January. In fact, I actually saw this a few days ago but have been too busy with other stuff to get round to it. There’s a chance I might even go and see Twelve Years A Slave later today.
But that would be getting ahead of myself.
Right now, I have a review to write, and that review is of Last Vegas.
Last Vegas Review: What’s It About?
Last Vegas Review: Who’s In It
The film stars Michael Douglas as the groom-to-be, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline as his mates and Mary Steenburgen (who you’ll recognise as Doc Brown’s missus from Back to the Future 3) as a lounge singer who captures their hearts.
Last Vegas Review: How Highly Is It Rated?
Not all that highly really. imdb only gives it 6.9 from just shy of 20,000 votes, Rotten Tomatoes only gives it an approval rating of 47% and the general press average is middling.
The feeling I get from reading the reviews of Last Vegas is that people consider it a gentler version of The Hangover and mark it down for that.
Now on the one hand, I can see their point. It’s clearly a derivative idea with the twist of having older guys get up to no good rather than young guys, and in turn that means that the stuff that happens to them is perhaps less ridiculous.
But I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.
While movies like the Hangover push the envelope when it comes to gross-out humour or outlandish scenarios, I find that’s often at the expense of a good plot and jokes/set pieces that actually make me laugh.
And that’s where Last Vegas’s is different.
Each character has a full back story that you can understand and appreciate, and the jokes hit the spot.
Indeed, I thought that Last Vegas was surprisingly good. Sure, the actors aren’t setting the world on fire with career best performances, but like the old pros that they are, they put in charmingly solid shifts.
So I’ve got no complaints on that score.
Last Vegas also tells a story. And sure, it’s a predictable story to the extent where I knew exactly how each character’s story arc would go, but again, that’s fine for me.
The key is that I enjoyed it.
And I think most people would.
Last Vegas Review: Final Thoughts
So this isn’t exactly a long or in depth review, but it doesn’t need to be.
Last Vegas is what it is; it’s comfortable, it’s not a fresh idea and it stars actors who could play these parts in their sleep.
It’s never going to win any awards, but at 90 minutes long, it doesn’t out-stay its welcome, and it entertains throughout.
Put it this way; I’d recommend it way ahead of Long Walk to Freedom