Excerpt: Infinitely harmless with its stream of age related zingers and sure of its star power, Last Vegas spins up into familiar molding without forgetting its heart. Dashing to Vegas for a questionable wedding, four friends of over 50 years dive into the sights for scrawny plotting and shameless senior-sploitation. Billy’s (Michael Douglas) soon-to-be marriage to a 30-something ignites a weekend getaway for these retirees, each laying low into their twilight years.
Excerpt: For one reason or another I actively avoided Last Vegas during its theatrical run in theaters. The idea of four geezers enjoying a bachelor party weekend in Vegas just didn’t appeal to me. These days we also have a relatively quick turnaround time from theaters to home video. Michael Douglas plays Billy, he is getting married to a woman more than half his age, but he doesn’t seem to care.
Excerpt: The Film Remember that scene in Cocoon , where Don Ameche was breakdancing up a storm? Stretch that out into two hours and you have Last Vegas . It's not as dated, but Last Vegas does rely on old guys doing old guy things in a "funny" way. One is the butt of jokes for trying to marry a girl more than half his age, another wants to blow his pension on blackjack, and one wants a break from his wife and has the condom to prove it.
Conclusion: Despite its cast's fine pedigree, Last Vegas is a corny and uninspired series of old men jokes that fails to entertain with any regularity. Its moderate box office success seems more attributable to star power and the target demographic's taste for PG-13 comedy than the film's value.
Excerpt: There's an unintentionally auto-critical scene early in Last Vegas when Robert De Niro is brought face to face with the thrusting crotch of the boorish MC at a bikini contest that the film's protagonists are inexplicably judging. De Niro's expression is fascinating, waves of weariness and indifference flowing across his iconic mug in what suggests a meta commentary on this tragic career phase in the actor's career and, simultaneously, a genuine reaction on his part to...
Conclusion: So obviously I’m rounding up here because if you average the four scores up above, you’ll realize that it comes out to be like 3.8 or something. However, as I have now watched this over 3 times I can admit to the fact that this movie seems to improve with each additional viewing. That’s a good thing, right? Of course it is! And as long as we are being truthful with ourselves, let’s come clean on a couple things here that make this a Blu-ray to own.
Conclusion: It's always fun to watch a group of respected, serious actors goof around, and 'Last Vegas' allows Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline the chance to do just that. Though the end result isn't as raucous or hysterical as one might hope, Jon Turteltaub's geriatric comedy is entertaining enough, and puts a sweet, heartwarming spin on such well-worn themes as abiding friendship, second chances, and living life to the fullest.
Excerpt: Things were getting ridiculous, so it had to happen eventually. I remember it struck me most forcefully in 2008's Righteous Kill . Though I loved the idea of pairing Al Pacino and Robert De Niro again, it was a little hard to swallow them as a pair of detectives in their mid-to-late-sixties. It's especially hard since both guys have been playing men in a vaguely defined middle age for the last thirty or so years. Something had to give.
Conclusion: While it's far more calculated and tame than your average trip to Sin City, Last Vegas has no trouble coasting on the strengths of its ensemble cast. Though they'd never worker together before, De Niro, Douglas, Freeman and Kline have terrific chemistryâ€¦at least enough to soften up the film's less necessary moments. At the very least, this film's heart outweighs the softball "Bingo and Bengay" jokes.
Summary: Here's to being invincible. Special things tend to happen when special actors all share the same special stage. Take Last Vegas , a movie that places Kevin Kline ( A Fish Called Wanda ), Morgan Freeman ( The Bucket List ), Robert De Niro ( Goodfellas ), and Michael Douglas ( Wall Street ) in the middle of fabulous Las Vegas for a bachelor party for the ages, of perhaps better said, the aged.