“A great idea not as executed as well as it could’ve been, but still it’s nothing short of entertaining and the headline acts seem to be having the time of their lives” – Clint Morris
Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Toni Collette, Tony Shalhoub, Calista Flockhart, Tim Blake Nelson, Buck Henry, Ray Liotta, Ian Gomez
Though you probably get more for your money and are ultimately more satisfied after having a 400g Porterhouse steak, sometimes you feel like the ever-so contented Pizza. And in the same respect, sometimes you feel like watching a no-brainer light bit of fluff instead of something that’s going to test your mind and stir the senses. In such case, “The Last Shot” is a worthy pick from the menu.
An entertaining satire about both Hollywood and the Government, Jeff Nathanson’s film – loosely based on a true story – centres on a hotshot FBI agent so determined to catch a big-time mobster that he goes undercover as a movie producer, knowing the crook will be attracted to doing business with a film that’s being filmed in his backyard. Naturally, said agent doesn’t care about the movie he’s making – so he doesn’t care that the movie’s set in the Arizona desert but filmed in Providence.
Alec Baldwin plays the agent who gets in over his head as a movie producer, in turn discovering his true calling, and Matthew Broderick plays the small-time director who thinks all his Christmas’s have come at once when he’s hired to bring his movie “Charlotte” to life on screen – little does he know his movie will never come to fruition. Both Baldwin and Broderick are having a heck of a time in their roles, spitting out spirited, enthused performances. Baldwin, the one you’d think would be playing the straight man, is a hoot in the role of the slightly kooky agent. Good to see him letting his hair down for once.
In lesser but no less memorable turns, Toni Collette, Tony Shalhoub and Joan Cusack work magic with their slightly under-written but intriguing characters too.
“The Last Shot” isn’t a fantastic film though – it could have been a ripsnorter, but unfortunately it’s simply only sweet, well performed and placidly droll. There was a real opportunity to take the piss out of both Tinseltown and the FBI here – but unfortunately Nathanson’s script doesn’t go the Whole Nine Yards.
A great idea not as executed as well as it could’ve been, but still it’s nothing short of entertaining and the headline acts seem to be having the time of their lives.
The excellent assortment of extras includes a piece on ‘the real life guys’ behind the movie – reuniting after so many years – and an enlightening audio commentary.
Reviewer : Clint Morris