Y’s Film Choice: Last Vegas
Since The Hangover, Las Vegas has become the place to set buddy comedies. The twist in Last Vegas is that the good time gang are all heading toward retirement with various ailments and should know better.
It’s a chance to see post-cancer Michael Douglas, playing a tanned millionaire about to marry a much younger wife, who hauls his friends Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline off for a bachelor weekend.
“Tonight we’re going to party like its 1959,” is one line that sums up the movie’s running joke about old guys slipping into the bad grandpa routine. Predictable with each star playing to their stereotype – but it’s a crowd pleaser.
Romeo & Juliet
Julian Fellowes, writer of British TV hit costume drama Downton Abbey, has a crack at Shakespeare’s love story in a handsomely mounted, all-star production. Hailee Steinfield and Douglas Booth play the star-crossed lovers. Fellowes has shed most of the bard’s script but in its place is Twilight-style stodge – and the passion of the lovers just doesn’t convince.
Thor: The Dark World (3D)
As big budget comic adaptations go, Thor has a fair amount going for it, although I found Kenneth Brannagh’s first outing a bit of an effects-laden yawn. The series has come on a bit with the relationship between Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki providing the dramatic meat to this second installment (excluding the superior Avengers Assemble). However, it’s still a blockbuster by numbers.
The legend of swamp killer Victor Crowley returns with another gore fest. It starts where the last film ended with Marybeth handing herself into the police after claiming to have finally killed the beast that took her father and brother. But not quite. While Hatchet II was actually pulled from cinemas for being too gruesome, this is just slightly less blood spattered.
The huge success of the Bollywood superhero franchise brings it back for a third outing. Krrish is now happily married to Priyanka Chopra but a new battle lies ahead. This time the hero, played by Hrithick Roshan, must face an army of mutant human-animals led by a superbad villain Vivek Oberoi. Krrish 3 vanquishes any doubt that India can match Hollywood in producing big budget special effects adventures with an emotional punch.
PREVIEW: All is Lost
Robert Redford plays a lone yachtsman who collides with a floating container and finds himself stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It’s a one man survival tale with a script of very few words but a lot of tension. A happy ending is not guaranteed.