New Year's Eve: Movie Review
New Year's Eve
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Michelle
Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Robert de Niro, Katherine Heigl, Sofia Vergara, Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin,
Ryan Seacrest, New York
Director: Garry Marshall
Ah, New Year's Eve - the end of another 12 months and the endless
possibilities of another 12 ahead.
But in reality, it's always a desperate scrabble to find a good party or make
sure you're somewhere with a loved one.
So into the fray of New Year and with an ensemble cast that seems to have
just about everyone involved comes the latest from the guy who brought us the
slightly sappy Valentines Day. This latest is the intertwining tale of several
New Yorkers coming together on that night, weighed down with expectation - and
is once again, into chick flick territory we go.
All of the various stories are captured here; from Hilary Swank's Claire
Morgan, who's in charge of ensuring the ball drops tradition in New York's Times
Square goes ahead to Jessica Biel's Tess Byrne who's about to give birth;
there's also Ashton Kutcher's New Year hating grinch Randy who ends up stuck in
a lift with Lea Michele's singer Elise; and there's Robert de Niro's Stan who's
dying alone in hospital - and Katherine Heigl's Laura who was dumped by Jon Bon
Jovi's rockstar Jensen...the list really, really does go on. But to be fair,
it's a truly stellar cast gathering for this romantic drama. And once again
Sofia Vergara is playing the same role she does in the ever brilliant Modern
The bottom line with a film like this is pitching it to the right audience -
and I am not the right audience. And the right audience who were in the
screening of this actually loved it. The intertwined nature of the stories
actually works reasonably well. Sure, many of them are predictable and
inevitable eg, two people in a lift who initially have differences but find
common ground, a mum who finally bonds with her daughter, a father looking for
forgiveness at the end of his life - you can see what's coming a mile off in
this sentimental schmaltz fest.
When you're faced with a film which throws out the line "Second chances -
they don't expire till midnight", you know exactly what you're going to get. And
when it's set in New York and one of the characters has a wishlist of things to
do, you can guarantee there'll be an ad for the city in some form or
other...There's so much talk of that famous ball dropping in Times Square during
this flick, it's almost as if the writers dropped the ball when it came to an
On a final note though, the product placement is this is utterly shameless -
and the closing shots which include a poster for an upcoming release from the
same studio probably takes it to a new level.
Overall, personally, I found New Year's Eve one of those bland, nicely put
together, over indulgent and quite manipulative at pulling at your heartstrings
films which get made by Hollywood studios from time to time - but like the much
(rightfully) maligned Valentines Day, it'll find its audience.
It just won't include me.