Created on Saturday, 10 December 2011 00:00
Written by Samantha See
In similar style to Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve is a collection of love stories interwoven together in the span of that one special day before the new year.
There's so many stories I don't know where to begin but I will with the one that left me with the greatest impression. Here goes: Hilary Swank – though stressed and lovelorn – is placed in charge of organising the midnight ball-drop at Times Square; it's Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers versus Sarah Paulson and Til Schweiger, for some strange reason, competing to have their baby born first in the new year; ex-lover of rock star Katherine Heigl struggles to be positive about the future; Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele are two hippies trapped in a comfortable elevator; cancer patient and nurse Robert De Niro and Halle Berry; Michelle Pfeiffer seeks Zac Efron's help to realize her New Year's resolutions which is a strange pairing that leaves audience wondering if the relationship is platonic or not; and more than just the romantic love, there's mother and daughter's love-hate relationship between Sarah Jessica Parker and Abigail Breslin.
There is much promise with the all-star cast but sadly New Year's Eve falls flat. The entire film is terribly lacking in character development largely due to the fact that they rely on stereotypes and hardly any of the stories are memorable at all save for the fact that the cliches probably left an impression. Redeeming factors remaining are a pretty though extremely touristy background and the superstar factor of many of the cast.
Instead of this, we would recommend catching Love Actually on the DVD again. You might also like: 50/50
, Legendary Amazons
, The Rum Diary