Last Vegas (2013)

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Last Vegas (2013)
  • Time: 105 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Jon Turteltaub
  • Cast: Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline

Storyline:

Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.

3 reviews

  • Last Vegas is at its heart a movie of profound sadness interspersed with uproarious humor. The juxtaposition of these conflicting emotions provides a hilariousness and heaviness in a fused ensemble. Robert De Niro is in sublime form and Michael Douglas shows yet again why he is going to go down as one of the all-time greats of Hollywood. Arguably the best performer in this comedy-drama is Morgan Freeman, who at 76 years old is in fine form. His character is central to keeping the heaviness out of the spotlight – and there is plenty of heaviness in this film. Last Vegas masquerades well as a comedy, but the profundity of the film rests in its message of growing old and wasting away.

    The loneliness and isolation of a life once so beautiful and happening getting eroded away into sadness and despair. That is the central theme of all the characters – a weakening of the body, a dulling of the senses and the daily grind that becomes palpably unbearable. That is of course until Last Vegas – the bachelor party – becomes a reality. The film is superbly acted out by the heavyweights of Hollywood. Kudos to excellent direction, screenplay and acting talent.

  • The cast of “Last Vegas” was promising: Freeman – De Niro – Kline and Douglas… A lot of Oscar Winners and one bachelor party. What could go wrong? Unfortunately that was not enough to make a successful movie. The performances are average and the story itself is nothing special. I didn’t find anything clever. Nor did I find them funny. You can’t argue with some of the acting talent on show here, it’s just a shame they didn’t exercise any judgement before signing up for this… Nothing more to say, no recommendation from me!

  • With such a star cast you could assume that this would never go wrong. And indeed , ” Last Vegas ” is a funny and entertaining feel-good movie . It has some real funny moments that makes you laugh, but has to rely on the humorous one-liners and sometimes hilarious situations. Once again finally straightforward humor . No absurd situations or vulgar nonsense . A gang of retired men organizing a bachelor party in Las Vegas , with all the obvious consequences.

    De Niro , Freeman , Douglas and Kline are 4 top actors and already for a long time famous in Hollywood. And once again they show what they are capable off and also the fact they can handle any movie genre . OK , it is sometimes corny and hugely predictable. That Kline didn’t need the blue pill , you saw that coming a mile away. But they do it in such a natural way and apparently it looks like they enjoyed to play in this movie. The complications that occurred were not that original. That each of them had difficulties as a result of their old age was to be expected .

    Kline is in a stage where he sees himself surrounded with even older people than himself . The opening scene in the pool was already an indication of what level the film would be . They used a few thigh-slappers here but thanks to Klines facial expressions and intonation they turned out perfectly and were absolutely hilarious . Freeman had a mild heart attack and is pampered in an exaggerating manner by his son. He’s only permitted to sit in front of the television and meticulously take his pills. De Niro is languishing in his apartment after the death of the love of his life, and only gets occasionally a visit from his neighbor who brings him her soup (unforgettable conversation between these two). The only well conserved one is Douglas and he’s about to marry a much younger person , which in turn leads to teasing witticisms of the three closest friends . Together they formed “The Flatbush Four” and they are best friends for 60 years already . A friendship that was disturbed by a misunderstanding , that is going to be resolved in the end.

    Morgan Freeman has surprised me the most as Archie with his witty remarks . My favorite scene is the one where they are in the nightclub and enjoy a Vodka Red Bull amongst younger people. The way Freeman explains how he’s getting drunk and still feels as if he is full of energy , is sublime . I have played this scene repeatedly because I think it’s a strong piece of acting and seeing the reactions of the other guys, it seems to me there was a lot of improvisation by Freeman. It seemed like a really comical gathering among good friends .

    I’m glad I haven’t seen the trailer because apparently there were a lot of the most funny moments in it. ” Last Vegas ” is a comic drama that really wants to show the eternal friendship and the fact that seniors can still enjoy a bit of fun. No Oscars will be awarded for this picture , but it gets a personal nomination from me as best comedy of all the comedies I saw lately (They made me cry more than laugh). And I hope that I have such vitality and joy of life like these old timers , when I reach the same blessed age .

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