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"New Year’s Eve" - {Blu-ray} - (Ed)
Reviewer:
Edward McNulty
Studio: New Line Cinema
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
5/1/2102
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Boasting a screen full of stars, director Gary Marshall’s latest work is similar to a Robert Altman film (remember Nashville?) with its large ensemble cast, but lacking the depth of any of that great master’s films. The muli-plotted film includes Hilary Swank's Claire Morgan in charge of operations involving the dropping of the ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve when it becomes stuck during a daytime trial run. As she struggles to overcome obstacles, a number of other stories are interwoven—of a broken romance, the revival of hope, a dying man’s last wish (a goofy one at that), and a wife with her Army husband far off in the Middle East. It helps to have a list of the actors to keep track of who's with whom and where are they.***

Enjoyable if you are not expecting a whole lot, the film does have a touching moment. The latter consists of a brief scene in which Halle Berry, as a night nurse, keeps her rendezvous via Skype with her soldier husband stationed in the Middle East. She is also involved in the moment of grace in which Stan Harris, a dying patient played by Robert De Niro, is granted his last wish. It’s a bit silly—he wants to see the ball drop on Times Square live, not just on TV—so the nurse looks the other way while his daughter Claire violates hospital rules by wheeling him to the roof where there the event can be seen.***

Two other characters keep a promise made a year earlier to meet again, the incident similar to the climax of 1957’s An Affair to Remember.

Special Features:

Commentary with Garry Marshall

Three behind-the-scenes featurettes:

- The Magic of Times Square

- New Year's Eve Secrets of the Stars

- Jon Bon Jovi & Lea Michele Rock New Year's Eve

Deleted scenes with Garry Marshall

Gag reel

Final Words:

This could become the movie to watch just prior to a New Year’s Eve, and then maybe not. If you're the inventive type, you could have fun at a party playing Name That Star: besides the ones we've already mentioned, the cast includes: Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Cary elwes, Jessia Biel, Katherine Heigl. Jon Bon Jovi, Ashton Kutcher, James belushi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Josh Duhamel, Penny Marshall, Hector Elizondo, and Tony Award winner Cherry Jones. Uncredited but making brief appearanaces are: Matthew Broderick, John Lithgow, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.***

 

 
 
 
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