Countdown to disappointment

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 July, 2012, 12:00am


Depending on whether you're a glass half-full or half-empty type of person, New Year's Eve is either a new beginning, or the beginning of the end. Either way, the Garry Marshall-directed romcom New Year's Eve won't leave you in the most festive of moods.

The film attempts to recreate the fin de siecle mood that surrounds the last night of the year in the most exciting place in the world - New York City's Times Square, and the famed ball drop.

More than a dozen big names make up the cast, including Hilary Swank as the person in charge of the ball drop, Zac Efron as bike courier Paul and Michelle Pfeiffer as Ingrid, who's looking to complete a sort of bucket list before the year ends. Also starring is Robert De Niro as a cancer patient, Halle Berry as his nurse, and Jessica Biel and Sarah Paulson as women competing for the award for first baby of the new year. The film also stars Ashton Kutcher as the New Year's Grinch who gets trapped in a lift with Glee's Lea Michele. Added to the celeb stew are Russell Peters and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara.

As expected in an ensemble flick, most of the cast is severely underused. That said, Efron and Pfeiffer are likable, owing only in part to their unusual relationship. However, as a whole, the film fails to ignite the same emotions that come with the anticipation and hope of a new year. Marshall seems to have dropped the ball.