Hilary Swank’s NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE – When it comes to an all-star ensemble coming together in a film dedicated to a certain ocassion, Love Actually is the first thing that comes into our minds. This British masterpiece, however, has been challenged twice by the Americans. First, through Valentine’s Day which boasts a strong cast headed by Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher and then last year via New Year’s Eve which is, by far, the best all-star film I’ve seen to date. The stellar line-up includes Academy award winners Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro and Halle Berry. Also in this magnificent conglomeration of showbiz royalties are Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeifer, Lea Michelle and the ever so gorgeous SJP – Sarah Jessica Parker. The list goes on but the impact and brilliance of this picture doesn’t stop there. There’s more to it!

 

The most common problem with films like this is that the story suffers and gets drowned by these big names squeezing in to one motion picture. In Love Actually, only 2 stories really stood out and were given a clear and concise opportunity to tell its essence. In Valentine’s Day, only 1 managed to create a proper story. However, in New Year’s Eve all stories are concrete, detailed and were presented beautifully. There is a good mixture of characters which makes the whole storyline dynamic and very entertaining. The screenplay, as always, is a crucial element in a film and NYE didn’t disappoint – clever lines, realistic approach and that Hilary Swank speech scene was heartwarming. If I am to choose the Top 3 stories in this movie, I’ll pick the Times Square setting (Hilary Swank), mother-daughter/NYE love (SJP, Josh Duhamel¬†and Abigail Breslin) and the Resolutions pairing of Zac Efron and Michelle Pfiefer. These got rich plots which can be extended to a full-length movie. I cannot fault the acting as well. Everyone in this film delivered, even the ones with the smallest roles gave their very best – they all shine!

 

Top 10 performances:

1. Sarah Jessica Parker

2. Hilary Swank

3.Jessica Biel

4. Zac Efron

5. Josh Duhamel

6. Halle Berry

7. Lea Michelle

8. Katherine Heigl

9. Sofia Vergara

10. Michelle Pfeifer

 

Will I watch it again? MOST CERTAINLY, YES! I’ve seen it like 4 times already and everytime I see it, I keep on getting amazed as to how great this film is. Not only that it treats us by showcasing a lot of Hollywood celebrities but also it sends a very important message. It’s about love, it’s about the various faces of love, it’s about the sacrifices we’re willing to make in the name of love, it’s about the pains and joys of loving. The film is very light and yet meaningful. It’s for everyone and this type of film is something that can bring not only entertainment but also happiness to all who will watch it.

 

10/10

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