The Last Laugh: Review

The Last Laugh

Myles (Steve Vanderzee) is a stand-up comedian heading to the top. His material is edgy and hilarious and it’s got the attention of a lot of talent scouts. Then Myles is given his big break as his agent books him for a big comedy event compered by comedy legend and children’s movie star, Reggie Ray (Lowell Deo).

Although not a fan of Reggie Ray himself, Myles believes that Reggie Ray sold out a long time ago, he still powers through although his recent issues with losing his girlfriend in a car crash which means he has to regularly take medication. However, when Myles gets to the venue and finds a dead body in his dressing room, he realises that the theatre may have a serial killer on the loose.

The Last Laugh is a horror movie written and directed by Jeremy Berg. Its premise seems solid and as the characters are introduced it seems like the audience may be in for a fun, possibly satirical bloodfest. Unfortunately, it seems that The Last Laugh is not that forward thinking as there’s not much room in the script for any character development and doesn’t even have an interesting antagonist.

As Myles is met by a couple of dead bodies along his journey to catch a killer, it seems that this is what he should really be doing. Instead, after telling one of the staff at the theatre what he found they assume that he’s joking and they don’t believe him.

This should logically lead Myles to desperately try and prove the existence of the killer, instead though Myles just ends up being mildly disinterested in finding dead bodies and goes about preparing for the show, no matter how many people are getting killed.

This is no fault of Vanderzee’s performance though, but in the script and the direction as for long stretches of the rather short running time there is very little indication that there’s been any murders at all. This may lead the audience to think that Myles is perhaps the killer himself, and in this day and age it would have been a mistake to demonise somebody dealing with mental health issues.

However, even this would have been a more satisfying end than what the movie gives the audience, leaving them thinking they wasted their time.

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