Last Vegas (2013): Fogies Having Fun

Main Cast of Last Vegas
Okay, so it has been an “in fashion” thing over the last couple of years for films to focus on older folks having fun and Last Vegas features four childhood friends who are now old fogies celebrating their last singleton giving up the life. Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and starring Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Mary Steenburgen the film is about Douglas’s character finally tying the knot with a woman half his age.

The four friends meet up in Las Vegas for a bachelor party and along the way Paddy (De Niro) and Billy (Douglas) patch up their differences. When Paddy’s wife Sophie died, Billy never went to the funeral and the two former best friends have never reconciled that fact.

There is a lot to like about the film, Douglas playing his age, for instance and Martin Freeman cutting the rug pretty convincingly. Kevin Kline is on top form and De Niro manages to be pretty convincing as the down-in-the-mouth widower who misses his wife. Steenburgen looks terrific and manages to be alluring as ever.

Is the film hokey? The answer is a resounding yes, but…

It entertains and it hits all the right notes. The “Flatbush Four” are cute together and while there are no in-depth moments reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Hamlet or anything by Ibsen, there is never a dull moment and 50 Cent has a brilliantly funny cameo. Some of the gags in the film never quite mesh, but who cares? It is four old guys who are having fun and not worrying about whether their Depends are working properly.

The underlying theme of being as old as you feel works well and Douglas’ character’s romance with Steenburgen’s August torch singer works much better than the one with Diane Keaton’s similar torch singer in And So It Goes (2014). The son of Kirk seems to be attempting to play closer to his age and doing a pretty respectable job of it.

A comedy of oldsters that ends on a hopeful note and allows Douglas’ character to admit that the whole idea of marrying the younger woman was his fear of being old and alone. Again, not quite Shakespeare but still pretty good stuff set against the superficial glitz and glamor of Las Vegas.

The entire cast appear to relish their time in the casinos and playing the part of old men getting to feel young again. That said, none of the characters are over 70 and in this day and age that is not really too old.

All in all, Last Vegas is a fun little film with a cast to die for and performances from actors who rarely, if ever, disappoint. (Never mind the disastrous miscasting of Douglas in the above mentioned film.) A solid 3.5 out of 5 stars and watching the film is time well spent. The only shame was having the brilliant Michael Ealy do little more than roll his eyes and worry about his father Morgan Freeman. Watch this one if you don’t mind seeing old folks misbehave.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (Review and Trailer)

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (Review and Trailer)

In terms of epic finishes, Peter Jackson’s last entry in his quest to bring all of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world to the big screen, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings the story full circle. It has to be pointed out, however, that Luke Evans as Bard, has the best moments of the entire film. The bowman’s epic battle against Smaug at the start of the feature is one of the high points of the movie. Had the rest of the film’s action matched this impressive fight, the movie itself would have been beyond memorable.

Saturday Night Live: Did Martin Freeman Hobbit Down as Host? (Review)

Saturday Night Live: Did Martin Freeman Hobbit Down as Host? (Review)

Excruciating puns aside, Hobbit star Martin Freeman did a pretty good job as a first time host on Saturday Night Live, he had the monologue down pat although it did look as though the writers had a hard time coming up with gags for the Sherlock star to deliver. The old, all English actors know one another bit was a tad flat, even the talented Kate McKinnon failed to connect very well with her Dame Maggie Smith impression and as for that Alan Rickman turn by Taran Killam, the less said the better.

Twelve Monkeys Versus 12 Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys Versus 12 Monkeys

It seems like the successful small screen adaptation of the Coen Brothers film Fargo has left the door wide open for other big screen classics to be remade on a smaller scale, the latest is Terry Gilliam’s time travel tale Twelve Monkeys and it will be Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt versus 12 Monkeys, SyFy and Noah Bean. This move could be just as well received as FX’s Fargo although to be honest, the cast list was pretty impressive in version of the Coen Brothers downsized film.

Fargo Eating the Blame: Clearing Things Up (Recap/Review)

Fargo Eating the Blame: Clearing Things Up (Recap/Review)

Last night’s episode of Fargo: Eating the Blame does a lot of clearing up with some of the more esoteric things in the show. For one, the meaning behind that framed and mounted windshield snow scraper is finally explained. For another, viewers now know what Malvo was referring to when he took over blackmailing supermarket king Stavros. The meaning of last week’s blood shower also becomes very clear. On top of that viewers also learn that Stavros believes that “God is real.”