After watching a couple trailers, I realized there was a connection between the two. Maybe it’s the fact that we live in a post-Avengers world, but I’ve suddenly become attuned to noticing team up movies. Here, we don’t have heroes forming super groups to fend off evil, but we do have mild-mannered movie stars coming together to make bromance-y comedies.
Both times around, it’s a (sometimes odd) mix of debauchery-fueled antics, and an all-star roster of male actors – however, the approach each movie takes is largely different.
Last Vegas | November 1
Well, let’s see. Where do I begin with this? It’s a formula that’s not all that unfamiliar (basically, it’s the spawn of The Hangover and The Expendables): some of the greatest actors of the previous generation get together for a romp in Vegas and various humorous shenanigans ensue. The four friends (who I assume haven’t seen each other in a while) are getting together for a last hurrah before one of them gets married to a woman who could very well be a trophy wife.
While the trailer doesn’t look too amazing – the “old people doing young people things” trope isn’t exactly fresh – it could work well based on the talent involved. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Michael Douglas are still some of the greatest talent Hollywood has to offer. What I’m saying is, even with a tired premise, the movie could be good based on the main actors. Freeman in particular looks to be letting loose and having some fun with the material.
The World’s End | August 23
Unlike Last Vegas, there’s no old person gimmick with this one. The jokes come from the ridiculousness of still wanting to get drunk, even though there’s an alien invasion going on.
Simon Pegg plays a man who pulls together a group of adolescent friends for an epic pub crawl. It looks like an alien invasion is going into full swing the night he wants to do it, though.
Once again, we have a mash-up of sorts: Alien invasion movie meets…hmm, still The Hangover. Of the two movies, this one looks the least like something I’ve seen before. It may not be amazing, but I trust Pegg and the other writers to come up with something at least entertaining – if not groundbreaking.
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