The Last Kiss Blu-Ray Review

Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
I really like the still shot on the cover of the Last Kiss.  The shot of Zach Braff as Michael, with his pregnant girlfriend Jenna next to him tells the tale of the story, as the beautiful Kim hovers in the background.  The movie is about temptation and the frailties and weakness of people, and this photo goes a long was in displaying that on the cover, without hitting us over the head with the idea.

The menu is static, and has the same great photo as the cover.  Not much innovation here, but it is decent.

Features: 8/10

  • Director & Cast Commentary – There are two separate commentaries included on the Blu-ray disc.  The first commentary has Zach Braff and director Tony Goldwyn discussing the making of the movie.  It is light-hearted and really goes into quite a bit of detail on the shooting process, and the differences between the original Italian movie and this one.  The second commentary involves director Goldwyn and members of the cast.  This commentary is one of my favorites for any film, as it is really good natured and fun.  The cast jokes around and talks over each other, and just seems to have a really good time talking about the movie that they just created.  Well worth a listen.
  • Deleted Scenes – There are about 14 minutes of deleted scenes presented.  I am getting sick of saying that there are obvious reasons these deleted scenes are not included in the movie, so I am trying not to write that (even though I just did, kind of.)  Also included are a few alternate endings, but I am happy with the one they chose to use.
  • Music Video – Zach Braff introduces a music video that he did for Cary Brothers for the movie.  the song is actually quite nice, but the video is extremely boring, unless you love seeing tons of shots of an abandoned trailer park with a guy playing an acoustic guitar, over and over again.
  • The Last Kiss Behind Our Favorite Scenes –This is a piece about the making of some of the scenes in the movie that were important.  Pretty interesting view of some of the scenes that Braff and director Tony Goldwyn find important to the movie.
  • Gag Reel –Not a lot here to be honest.  The gag real is short and plain.  I would have expected more in the way of “funny” scenes with Zach Braff involved.
  • Getting Together – This extra runs about 26 minutes, and includes a look at the writer who adapted the movie from the Italian L’Ultimo Bacio. (He states that the movie was so good he really only changed the language to English.)  It also looks at the casting and various interviews with cast members about the movie itself.
  • Much Much More – Also included are short pieces about the filmmaker’s perspective, touching on the Italian story behind the movie, and round up of interviews discussing the “last thoughts” on the movie itself.

The Movie: 8/10
The Last Kiss is not really the movie that I expected when I got into it.  For some reason I had been able to avoid the hype and trailers for this movie (or I had just not paid much attention) and I was therefore able to come into this movie basically blind.  I guess I thought that perhaps this was a classic romantic comedy of sorts, and I was happily incorrect in my assumption.  While not necessarily a romantic comedy or a chick click, the Last Kiss is one of those movies that is hard to describe.  In some of the extras someone described the movie as “a cautionary tale,” which is just about the best way to put this.  The Last Kiss is a movie about temptation, mistakes, and the difficulty that we all have in forming relationships and living our lives.  It is sometimes hard to watch, but the movie is full of good acting and a great story.

The Last Kiss is a strange movie based on the Italian film L’Ultimo Bacio.  It basically is a movie about transitioning between different parts of your life.  In this case the main character Michael (Zach Braff) is having second thoughts about the way that his life is heading.  He is right around 30, he has a successful job as an architect, and he has gotten his girlfriend Jenna (Jacinda Barrett) pregnant.  Things should be perfect, as the couple begin to talk about marriage, and the life that they will lead, but Michael is just stuck with the overwhelming feeling that his life is now on cruise control, and that there will be no further “surprises” for him.  He is left feeling that there must be something that he is missing, and when Kim (Rachel Bilson) breezes into his life as a hot, college aged girl with no ties or commitments, Michael is forced to deal with temptation.

He ends up sleeping with Kim, and he then is forced into a whirlwind of emotions as he realizes that his actions are going to effect every bit of his so-called “planned” life.  We get to see the raw hurt of Jenna, as well as Michael’s own catastrophic roller coaster, as he tries to save the exact relationship that he resented before Kim.  It is a case of wishing you had what you wanted to leave behind, and Michael is forced to confront it head-on.

Along with Michael’s ordeal, his friends are also dealing with their own private ordeals, like his married friend Chris (Casey Affleck), who is married with a son, but who cannot get along with his wife, and is forced to deal with his own private hell.  Jenna’s parents are also at odds with each other, and like much of the flawed relationships in the movie, they are shown at their worst, having to deal with feelings and pain.

The interesting thing about the Last Kiss is that it really jumps feet first into somewhat uncomfortable situations, and it makes little concessions to make the viewer feel at ease.  These are situations that many people have either dealt with or seen others confront, and I truly feel that the movie dose a good job of being honest with the viewer.  I feel that probably the fact that this is based on an Italian movie may be part of the reason that it is so grounded and gritty, and that perhaps if this was more of a Hollywood type of movie, it would lose some of its edge.

The Last Kiss is full of good acting, and good dialogue also.  I feel that Zach Braff really did a great job of playing an everyday guy, and you can relate to him.  After having watched so many Scrubs episodes, it was good to see that he can also play a dramatic role, and play it well.  The supporting cast also was solid, and when combined with such an interesting story, the movie was quite good.  It is not something I will view over and over, but it was a good solid film, that I really enjoyed.

Audio & Video: 6/10
I was not overly impressed with the video on the Last Kiss.  I was expecting some sharp images, but there were many times that it felt soft and a bit grainy, when I thought that perhaps it was a bit too much.   It just seemed like it could have more sharp.  It was not overly bad, but even the colors seemed to me to be a bit muted.  I will say that some of the outdoor scenes were beautiful looking.  Maybe the film, with its somber outlook was made to look a bit soft and muted, but it could have looked better in my opinion.

The audio was also just okay.  Nothing glaringly wrong, but nothing that was outstanding in my mind.  The Dolby True-HD 5.1 Surround Sound was glaringly underused, but again, it was underwhelming, kind of like the video, possibly to fit with the tone of the movie.

Value: 6/10
The Last Kiss is a good movie, and I am glad that I watched it.  It presents life in a non-compromising way, from the aspect of someone just turning 30, trying to figure out if this is all that you get when you get old.   The movie shows that we all make mistakes that we have to deal with, and dealing with our mistakes is not always fun.  It is a gritty life lesson of a movie, and one that can be tough to watch.  I highly recommend giving it a view, but I am not sure about adding it to my personal movie collection.

Overall Score 7/10