Sunday 9 January 2022

REVIEW: Last Looks - Starring Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam

Review by Jon Donnis
Charlie Hunnam stars as disgraced former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo, Waldo starts the film living the life of a minimalist tree hugger in the woods but his quiet life comes to a sudden halt when he is convinced to work as a private eye to investigate the murder of an eccentric British TV star's wife. Mel Gibson plays said eccentric British TV star Alastair Pinch. And yes, Gibson puts on a terrible English accent throughout the film. I honestly thought that he would give up the accent and admit it was part of his TV persona, but no, he really keeps it the entire film.

The film itself is a bit of a whodunnit, the problem is the film is nearly two hours, and by the end of hour one, realising that there is still another hour to go, you might start wishing you were the one killed.

The whole film feels quite disjointed, many scenes seem to be either thrown in for the sake of it, or drag on way too long, at most this film should have been 80 minutes.

With that said, I am a fan of Mel Gibson, and him playing a snobbish, English TV star was funny, in part because of how ridiculous it was. Charlie Hunnam plays his part ok, but a bit too seriously, I think if they would have gone for a full-on comedy, this film could have worked much better.

Morena Baccarin is in the film, but nowhere near enough, how can you have Morena Baccarin in a film, then almost forget that you cast her! She is a star, and should have been front and centre in almost every scene.

Gibson has not quite entered the Bruce Willis level of low budget, different film every week, but he might end there, with that said Last Looks does have a decent cast, just not used at all right.

The film as a whole is not great, a decent story, mired by poor directing.

If you are a fan of Mel Gibson, then give this a watch, if you are a fan of Morena Baccarin, go watch the V remake.

I score Last Looks a poor 6 out of 10. Should have been much better.