Old, Putting the Young to Shame

A movie review of Last Vegas

"I'm gonna find some damn water and take all my damn pills and get this party started."

-Morgan Freeman as "Archie"

I can't exactly put words to what I was expecting when I started watching this movie, however, what ever those expectations were, this did not come close.  Subjecting yourself to another film where old actors are trying to be young again, and do things they are far too old to do, is depressing.  I always think back to the last iteration of the Indiana Jones movies when I make this point, because Harrison Ford was literally too old for what they had him do, and it was sad, not impressive.  So I guess we could say that I didn't have high expectations for this movie.  It was recommended to me by a customer not long ago, and with that recommendation I did decide to give it a viewing.

To sum up the movie without giving away too much, it is about 4 long time friends who decide to go to Las Vegas for one member of their small group's bachelor party.  These guys are old, so bachelor party does sound a bit peculiar, of course, however, nowadays, it isn't so far fetched.  The bride of said wedding is barely more than half the age of Billy, the groom, played by Michael Douglas, who is clearly rich and afraid of getting old.  His friends, Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman), and Sam (Kevin Kline) are all trying to live it up and be hip in Vegas, without breaking one.  There is the standard love interest along the journey as well in Diana, (Mary Steenburgen) who is a lounge singer, and the apple of more than one man's eye.

All together, this film threw my expectations out the window, and took me on a ride that I will remember.  Watching these iconic actors together in this film was also quite the perk.  However, the comedy was spot on. Morgan Freeman did steal the show on more than one occasion.  The story had it's relatable touching moments, without alienating the audience.  The only thing I can say is, I loved this movie, and it will be part of my permanent collection very soon.

Take the time if you haven't yet, and watch this movie.  It's not what you expect, in a very good way.  Embracing their age, while having fun with it at the same time.  Watch it.