New Year’s Eve

Amy Patel

As the clock strikes 12 a New Year begins. The perfect time to set new goals and create second chances. It is the time of year to finally start fresh. These examples are clearly demonstrated in the movie New Year’s Eve directed by Gary Marshall. Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, and Ashton Kutcher. It is a light, romantic comedy that will truly be enjoyable.

The characters are regular New Yorkers who find romance as the new beginning of their New Year. Robert De Niro plays a dying man in a hospital. Michelle Pfeiffer is an executive secretary and is tired of her life and wishes to fulfill all her desires in one day, before the New Year. Hillary Swank plays the producer of Times of Square New Year’s Eve show. Lastly, Ashton Kutcher plays the guy who simply hates New Year’s Eve.

Gary Marshall does an excellent job of creating each of the characters own individual story. Each person is faced with a dilemma that needs to be solved before the clock strikes 12. As the practice countdown of the New Year starts the ball stops in the middle. There are only a few hours left in order for the ball to actually drop at 12. Does the producer of the New Year’s Eve show, Hillary Swank able to solve it? She is only left with a few hours and if she is unable to the famous tradition of the ball dropping will not happen. Next, Michelle Pfeiffer who has lived her boring life for a while now has decided to complete a list of activities all in one day. One including visiting Bali. Does she get through everything on her list? Watch and see how each individual turns their life story around. Each character teaches a specific moral. One that stuck by me was Hillary Swanks famous speech.

“It’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the new year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt because that is what new years is all about, getting another chance. A chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about what if and start embracing what would be. So when that ball drops at midnight and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight but all year long .”