Amazing how a bunch of old guys can run circles around modern movie stars when it comes making great movies.
In Last Vegas four of Hollywood's greatest actors for the past 50 years, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline team up in this great little comedy with a powerful dramatic finish. While each character has their own story, Douglas's and DeNiro's characters drive the dramatic side of things. Douglas' character is the instigator of the getaway as he has come to Sin City to get married to a woman half his age. The reunion of the childhood friends along with the experiences and people they encounter force Douglas's character to face his life and the weaknesses of his character. When things come to a head, this beautiful comedy turns into a tear-jerker as good as any there has been in a decade. The wild world of Las Vegas provides the backdrop for this marriage of Hollywood legends and it delivers as it always has as a destination for movies.
Directed by John Turtletaub and produced by Laurence Mark, this cast of characters live Las Vegas to its fullest. As much credit as they deserve, it's not hard to see how easily Turtletaub was able to step back and let these guys do their thing. Every character has a brilliant and relatable personal history, they complement each other effortlessly, and each finds their true selves in this place of fantasy. This is the kind of movie that will quietly go a long way with fans despite (and maybe even because of) the lack of big Hollywood action or visuals or anything else. It also should serve to convince the movie-biz-big-shots out there that old does not mean boring or over-the-hill. No matter what the age of the audience, they will find great entertainment and a few life lessons told in ways that never sounds cliche.
Here's to the simple and powerful elegance of watching a bunch of "old-favorites" give a reminder of what great fun at the movies is all about. So take a trip to Vegas with these old men and see them prove that fun, heartbreak, bonding, and renewal have no age limit on them.