The story of four friends that now find themselves in the last quarters of their lives: Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam have had their ups and downs, but have nonetheless remained friends since their early childhood days. When Billy, on an impulse, decides to get married to his 32-year old girlfriend, nobody quite knows how to react, except for one thing: a Bachelor party in Las Vegas is definitely high up on the menu! And so the fun begins…
Great actors – great stories
There is no doubt that the main actors are brilliant – Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline all in one movie, and they’re doing a great job as always. It’s a comedy and I was expecting this and nothing more – but thanks to them, it turned out to be much more than that. What shocked me most was the realisation (which of course comes with such a movie) that these amazing people are, undeniably, getting old – a scary thought if you ask me, but it put my mind in the right state. They’re doing a great job portraying their characters, their familiarity with one another – the kind of familiarity that is only possible after a lifetime of knowing each other – and their own mental and physical struggles with the process of getting older when the mind wants to stay young. (Especially Billy is having a hard time coming to terms with this.) They are incredibly convincing, charming, funny, silly – and yet, they leave behind something very, very sad, a sort of resignation with what is happening to them.
Much needed truths about life
To be honest, after the trailer I wasn’t expecting super deep entertainment – entertainment, yes, but I was thinking more along the Hangover lines. (Which I also liked, but it’s something different, isn’t it?) I’m glad that I can say I was positively surprised by what it actually was. Yes, in many places it was a silly comedy – and yet more than that. Exploring the struggles of aging, the conflicts between friends, and finding new love, the film gives in-depth insight into the characters and addresses something that everyone, at one way or another, will have to face and come to terms with. Another very positive note was that it was, all in all, quite realistic. Of course, you have those ‘what are the odds’ moments, but on a deeper, more involved level, it was all very… true. It would spoil the effect of the movie to give away too much of the plot, but let me say this: Las Vegas holds many surprises to our main characters, and the trip, even though a little half-hearted at the beginning, brings them even closer together – or once more.
Funny, sad, but feel-good
If you want to have a good time, but still see something that makes you think, I suppose this is one of the movies for you. I don’t mean to raise the expectations to an incredibly high level, but it was unexpected, and I was very touched by some of the scenes – and I wouldn’t have expected that at the beginning of the movie, to be honest. Plus, the actors and their work just raises everything yet another few notches; I always enjoy seeing Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman, for instance, and it’s great to see they haven’t lost any of their brilliance yet. The most important messages that the film conveys are about friendship and yourself, all watched closely through the lens of aging. Yes, they may have to get up a dozen times a night to pee, but at least they’re not alone. It is touching to see how deep friendship can go, how it can endure so many years and numerous crises, and how some secrets can only bear to come out after decades. I laughed a lot – the whole cinema with me in fact – and the jokes are sometimes lame, but mostly quite funny – but I was also sad for a bit.
All in all, a very decent feel-good film that was definitely worth my time: we all get old one day, but when we do, let’s hope we are as much fun as these four guys.
And to give you a little taste of what you’re in for, have a look at the trailer here – though careful, many comedy trailers do tend to give away the best jokes. Here, though, they made a good job of just handing you the essence.