'Last Vegas' has a dream cast but fails to deliver a box office hit!
Hollywood's newest comedy 'Last Vegas', which features one of the most star studded cast in recent memories, hit theatres this Friday (Nov 1st) to an underwhelming reception. Acting legends, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, star as four best friends since childhood who travel to Las Vegas for one last bachelor party.
Kline, Freeman, De Niro and Douglas in 'Last Vegas'
The film follows the story of Billy (Douglas), who is the group's ladies' man, as he finally proposes to his considerably younger girlfriend and becomes the final friend to get married. To celebrate the occasion, they decide to relive their younger days and throw a bachelor party in Sin City but on arrival, Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) realise the years have dramatically changed the party destination.
The 60 plus year-olds are determined not to let the new generation take over their celebrations and attempt to recall how they used to party 40 years ago, and of course what follows is hilarious consequences.
The comedy is packed with Academy-Award winners, but do they produce the quality of work they are known for? Let's see what the critics think.
Peter Howell from the Toronto Star thought "De Niro and Douglas weirdly play versions of their real selves, while Freeman and Kline ham it up as if they're auditioning for a reality show called Gramps Gone Wild."
A.O. Scott from the New York Times ruthlessly slammed the film as "a mild geezer comedy full of jokes that might have sounded tired at a "Dean Martin Celebrity Roast," the movie has no reason for existence and nothing much to recommend it."
Chris Sawin from Examiner.com just doesn't agree with the older actors not trying to act their age as he adds, it is "unfunny, overly hoary, and easily foreseeable, Last Vegas is like being stuck on that road trip with your grandparents that lasts way too long and features them having discussions about what brand of denture cream they bought last."
However, not all critics disagreed with the movie's premise as Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger wrote, "If anybody is going to put the 'sex' in sexagenarian, it's these guys, who are as golden as their five Oscars."
The comedy, directed by Jon Turteltaub, was released in theatres on November 1st 2013.
'Last Vegas' boasts a very talented cast but does it pay off?