You win this round, Turteltaub. You win this round.
Let me back up for a second and introduce you to Jon Turteltaub, one of the least significant directors out there. He’s been in the business since 1989, but the only two movies he’s made with any sort of impact are Cool Runnings and National Treasure. In fact, those movies didn’t make much of an impact, either. Sure, they were memorable, but neither of them was especially good or especially bad. They were both just OK.
But his latest project, Last Vegas, is something different. It stars four Hollywood legends: Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline. It’s a full-blown comedy, which isn’t the sort of thing Turteltaub usually does. And it was written by the guys behind… the Cars franchise. So right off the bat, it doesn’t sound very good. But that just made it all the more surprising when the trailers came out and it looked very good. And then I saw it and it was very good. Shocker.
Of course, there were a few parts that didn’t make sense, like the Sophie subplot, but I can excuse that because it was a comedy. A lot of the time, the jokes didn’t work, but most of the time, they did. Of course, I was in a theater packed to the gills with old people, so I basically had my own laugh track. But there’s the thing. It wasn’t an old person movie. Sure, it was about old people, but it definitely wasn’t for them. A lot of the time, the joke is that it’s something old people wouldn’t get, so when old people see it, you’d think they would feel left out.
To me, this movie felt like if the beginning of The World’s End was an entire movie. Is that a bad thing? No. But I’d say I prefer The World’s End in its original form. And that brings us to the title. You see, last week I mentioned that some things in our society are definitely good or definitely bad. A good example of something that’s definitely bad is Grown Ups, which was clearly an excuse for Sandler and his friends to take a paid vacation. But the idea of Grown Ups had potential. The idea of people having to grow up and wanting to be a kid again one last time is an interesting one. The things that Grown Ups lacked was a cohesive plot. Or likable characters. Or anything resembling a tolerable movie.
Last Vegas did have these things. Also, the characters being in their 70s instead of their 40s adds a certain realism to the idea. And that’s saying something, because Grown Ups was about as realistic as you can get, what with it being made up as they went along. So yes, my main analysis of Last Vegas is that it’s a more mature, relatable, funny, and just all-around more tolerable version of Grown Ups. That’s not really saying much, but still.
So overall, I give Last Vegas a B. Not great, but good. I’ll be reviewing Thor 2 next week. Thinking of reviewing MMLP2 pretty soon. We’ll have to wait and see. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY. Until next time…