Friday, November 15, 2013

Last Vegas Review

Have you ever had a time in life where you and a group of friends decided to go take a trip to Las Vegas for the weekend? Now have you ever thought about that same group of friends getting back together in 50 years and doing it again? I'm sure many could say yes to both of those questions, and thus many could find a bit of nostalgia upon watching the movie Last Vegas, because that's what the movie is all about.

Last Vegas takes the Red approach when doing this movie. No, it's not an action movie at all, but rather it's just a comedy with old people. Not just any old people, though. Last Vegas has quite the lineup with Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline getting together as the group of friends. Specifically, Michael Douglas' character proposes to his girlfriend who is half his age, and the two decide to get married in Vegas over the weekend. Upon announcing this, the group of old friends decide they are going to throw him a Bachelor's party before that happens.

Being that this is a movie in Las Vegas, content-wise it is very much a Las Vegas-y movie with drinking, parties, and strip clubs and I personally didn't appreciate that. Certain scenes could've been left out, like the whole scene with Stefan Gordy of LMFAO, and it would've only made the movie better. That's not the whole movie, though. It is a comedy and there was a lot of scenes in the movie that did honestly make me laugh. Also, there are certain aspects of the story line that cause the movie to turn from a comedy to a drama, and when that happens, the excellent cast really carries the movie quite well even if it is a bit predictable. Given the subject matter, I wasn't expecting a ton out of the movie, but it turns out that it had a lot of heart to it and was rather intelligent.

Overall, this isn't necessarily a movie that I would highly recommend. No need to make time for this if you don't have much time. But if you do have the time and you really want to go out and see a movie, this isn't a bad option, especially if you can get it for a discount price at a dollar theater or on RedBox. I didn't walk out blown away, but I did walk out entertained. I give Last Vegas a 7 out of 10.

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