444. Last Vegas

Background info

444-last-vegasTitle: Last Vegas
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 45m

“Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam 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 realise 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.”

Live blog

0:54 – Not seen either of those idents before. Not sure if that’s a good or bad sign.
2:08 – How much are they spending in this photo booth!?
9:55 – Proposing at a funeral isn’t really a story you’re gonna want to tell over and over, is it?
13:43 – “I can’t drink, smoke, eat salt or stay out past nine…” Party animal!
18:09 – What a brilliant getaway. Or worst getaway ever, but great viewing.
20:25 – “Say what you want to me, but leave my hat out of it.”
28:22 – She’s awesome. And weirdly, looks younger than she did in BTTF. Hollywood, eh?
30:37 – Rizzle Kicks song!
42:41 – Actual Red Foo. Who knew this film would be so down with the kids?
47:33 – “If you’d like, I can pick you up… or wake you up.”
53:35 – Red Bull is going to be really bad for the ill one.
57:45 – Loved all of that sequence, especially the frowning at the name tag at the end.
1:02:40 – Sammy the accountant. Hehe.
1:09:11 – What the hell is that rollercoaster? Terrifying!
1:15:07 – Fiddy!! Asking to turn the music down! Genius.
1:22:46 – It’s all just a little bit of history repeatin’.
1:26:51 – They’re good friends, Morgan and Kevin.
1:36:50 – They’re not going to drink that, it’s like 50 years old!
1:37:12 – I said so.

Conclusions

This was touted, in some circles, as a version of The Hangover but for older folks. Having seen it, I don’t really get that. Yes, there are four guys going to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. There’s an actual story at the heart of this one, with a friendship on the rocks, and some really engaging personalities on display.

Seeing how these four overturn people’s first impressions is fabulous, especially with the young guy they manage to get doing all their bidding.

I was surprised by Mary Steenburgen, who, let’s face it, is the most annoying part of the Back to the Future trilogy – if there is such a thing. Here, she was absolutely brilliant, wise-cracking and able to hold her own amongst a group of very close friends.

Overall a great film, surprisingly funny, and full of heart.

Rating: 5/5

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