Starring: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Written By: Dan Fogelman
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
You know it’s easier to talk about a film if you connected to it on an emotional level. Perhaps you connected with the lead characters and cared about their journey. Or the story communicated something important about the human condition in a unique and interesting way. It’s also easy to talk about films you hated. Maybe it was offensive, stupid or a complete waste of time and money. Either extreme can be fun to write about.
Last Vegas falls into the dark abyss in between those two extremes. It was a waste of the talent involved, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves so I was happy they were happy. The story is really predictable, but no more so that other films like this. Dialog was basically serviceable, but delivered with a reasonable amount style. The characters lacked that third dimension, but it’s not like they were unpleasant to hang around with for ninety minutes. So like I said – the critical abyss. Pleasant enough, but immediately forgettable. A little dull perhaps, but not really boring.
If you’re looking to hang out with and have a little tame fun with some older (but hardly over the hill) Hollywood royalty – this is the film for you. Last Vegas is not going to challenge you. This is very light entertainment but you may get a few laughs out of the four leads banter.
Best viewing format:
If you can’t wait, just a matinee is advised. At home, a regular dvd or streaming show will do.
Best element for me:
Nothing. I’ve got nothing. Oh wait! The running time. Ninety minutes was the perfect running time for this movie. Oh, and I will say Mary Steenburgen looked fantastic is this!