Is New Year's Eve the American version of Love Actually? It's definitely trying to be. I have to say from the outset that I didn't like this film at all, but I didn't like the aforementioned Richard Curtis number much either and loads of other people did, so what do I know?
Starring a host of famous Hollywood types, from Halle Berry to Robert de Niro via Zac Efron and Hilary Swank, this film promises much. Billed indeed as "[a celebration] of love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City."
An ensemble piece with this many stars, and even some of them being decent actors too boot, with a promising premise should be a hit. Unfortunately a badly crafted, clunky plot (or plots); some of the most unfortunate, poorly-written dialogue I have come across; and most of the actors playing way below their real age, or at least trying to, results in a total movie disaster.
Set in New York on New Year's Eve, the different subplots involve people old and young, attached, unattached, family-centred and family-bereft, and all that they go through on this one pressurised night of the year. Some of the stories/sub-plots are sweet, for example I actually quite like the Ashton Kutcher one, and the de Niro character is believable, although perhaps not so much his daughter. It is an OK jigsaw to see how everything fits together and its is enjoyable enough in its way.
I don't get much time to read up on films these days, so I had not heard that this film had received some very dubious plaudits, most of them revolving around the idea of 'worst film of 2011'. I am actually glad of this, as it meant I did approach it with hope and open mind. It was at best passable, and having nothing better to do on a cold, wet evening it passed the time, but I certainly won't bother watching it again!
However, some people really love this film and if you would like to read a more positive review, please have a look here and here.